Ronald Bronstein (shown at left, two photos below, he also also helped with this film's script and editing and is the writer/director/editor of the much-acclaimed Frownland) -- not so full of life and energy (and pretty cute, to boot), he might grate on us (and everyone around him in the film) much sooner than he does. After the family's short vacation, during which we're treated to the seeing and hearing a singing water-skier, we're back in the city at work with Dad (he's a projectionist at what looks very much like NYC's Cinema Village).
Brett Jutkiewicz) catches well many off-the-cuff moments & great facial expressions.
Bradley Cooper character in The Hangover to leaving an untended baby in an apartment with a full-grown tiger, it comes awfully close.)
ately flake wins, though were the film to continue for another day or two, he would not. As talented a pair of filmmakers as are the Safdie's -- and they are! -- they've not quite nailed their movie. What seems to be an ode to (or at least a look at) the plight of part-time-custody dads who balance work, kids and girlfriends is finally in thrall to such an aberrant personality disorder that the movie, good as are many of its parts, finally goes off-orbit. By the time Lenny pulls his final flaming-asshole number, only a few like-minded males will still be on board.
The Pleasure of Being Robbed, in the interim between seeing Daddy Longlegs and now, I can certainly attest to a big jump in film-making skills from one to the other. "Pleasure/Robbed" has an equally frustrating protagonist (she's a thief) but is a much looser movie -- shorter, too -- in which plot and character never coalesce as well as they do in "Daddy." If you are a fan of the Safdies and can catch the earlier movie on cable, that might prove worth your time.
IFC Center in NYC and will be available once again On-Demand, this time via IFC's Festival Direct On-Demand service. Click here to see if and how you can get it. (The film made an earlier debut On-Demand as part of the trilogy of Sundance Selects titles, included 7 Days and The Shock Doctrine, that made their debut during this year's Sundance Film Festival.)