HUMOR ME

Year: 2017

Director: Sam Hoffman

Cast: Jemaine Clement, Elliott Gould, Annie Potts

Writer: Sam Hoffman

Country: USA

 

“…Clement works wonders with a deadpan expression…”

 - New York Times

“…smart, warm and authentic …territory worth revisiting”

 - Los Angeles Times

“…Plenty endearing …”Old Jews Telling Jokes" creator Sam Hoffman's feature debut offers gags aplenty”

 - Variety

A once-acclaimed New York playwright, Nate (Jemaine Clement), is struggling to finish his new play when his wife leaves him, taking their son. Desolate, broke and unable to pay the rent, Nate begrudgingly moves in with his widowed father, Bob (Elliott Gould), in his New Jersey retirement golf community. Bob, always quick with a joke, uses humor to deal with all of life's challenges, even the death of his beloved wife. It drives Nate crazy. Thinking his son could benefit from some discipline, Bob sends Nate to work for Ellis, an older ex-Marine who runs operations at the community.

While at work, Nate stumbles on a senior citizen theater troupe staging a musical. Nate agrees to help but quickly realizes it won't be easy to get these quirky women to cooperate. And one of them, Dee (Annie Potts) even invites him to dinner to not-so-subtly set him up with her daughter. Things reach a breaking point when a video of Nate's earlier play surfaces, opening old wounds between him and Bob. Ultimately, the father and son realize they each have their own forms of storytelling and come to appreciate their differences.