Friday, April 2, 2010
On-Demand: THE OVERBROOK BROTHERS; John Bryant's film amuses and illuminates
John Bryant's sneaky little movie from its very start, as we're thrust into medieval times to watch two men about to be put to death for doin' the nasty -- on each other. And then the next surprise occurs. THE OVERBROOK BROTHERS is a modern-day tale of a modern-day family, which is to say this is not quite the set of relatives that most of us will have experi-
enced. So as not to ruin those surprises, instead of giving away plot twists, lets concentrate on some of the themes that Mr. Bryant is addressing -- from the brotherhood of man (in a number of odd ways) to creativ-
ity, love, sex and even maybe religion. For now that TrustMovies thinks about it, that snake that makes an entrance toward the finale may possess a bit of religious symbolism, whether intentional or unconscious on the part of the moviemaker (shown below).
Jason Foxworth) is dealing here with guys who are predominantly heterosexual, though these two may be a tad farther along that Kinsey scale than either of them realizes or would want to admit.
Mark Reeb, shown at right, above and below) and Jason (Nathan Harlan, shown at left, above and below) as they attempt to track down one of those aforementioned secrets that have recently spilled out. Along with them comes Jason's girlfriend (Laurel Whitsett). This threesome comes closer than you might think to another such -- the two guys and a girl from Humpday -- that created an indie fuss last year. Except that these two "brothers" actually do a lot more exploring of their feelings, sexual and otherwise, than do the two men in Lynn Shelton's more obvious but, for me, less honest movie.
IFC's Festival Direct On-Demand program, The Overbrook Brothers can be found via most major TV-reception providers. Click here to discover if yours is one of these.