People Places Things DVD Review

DVD Review by Clayton Barnett

The Premise
Will Henry is a newly single graphic novelist balancing parenting his young twin daughters and a classroom full of students while exploring and navigating the rich complexities of new love and letting go of the woman who left him.
The Review
Flight of the Conchords Jermaine Clement stars in this off-kilter romantic comedy of one man-child trying his best to raise his two kids on his own.
A talented cast raise this film above what could have been mawkish stuff, with Jessica Williams – who plays Clement’s student Kat - a star to watch for the future. Regina Hall also shines playing her mother, but the comedic timing of Michael Chernus as Gary that gets a lot of laughs.
Writer / director James C. Strouse is back in familiar territory - his breakthrough directorial debut was the similar themed and heartfelt solo-dad flick Grace is Gone with John Cusack. He does a superb job here with a low-key indie rom-com, and actually casting Jermaine as a Kiwi is brilliant (the Hobbit jokes are worth admission alone). Plus it’s a snappy 85 minutes, leaving a few threads hanging at the end, which is always welcome in my book.
But it’s Clement who is the beating awkward humourous heart here, and it’s great to see him being the leading man. He can come off a little bit self-centred but for anyone who’s been through a bad breakup you can totally relate. Plus his character’s comic book artwork they use throughout the film really adds to the storytelling.
The Verdict
Jermaine Clement is all sorts of adorable awkward here, shining in his first leading man role in an enjoyable quirky rom-com.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 13th January 2016
Rating: M
Duration: 87 minutes
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams
Director: James C. Strouse (The Winning Season)
The Extras
Was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.