Dark Horse — 7/10

DARK HORSE (2012, Todd Solondz): 7/10

As witty and achingly humanistic as Solondz can get, which makes for a pretty good experience. I can see why people can’t get on his wavelength, but nobody is a sharper observer of middle class Jewish minutiae than Solondz — the painfully awkward traffic small talk between two sets of parents is something I’ve endured countless times. Great performance from Donna Murphy in a difficult, mostly fantasy-based role, and Jordan Gelber is better when he’s playing cocky than angsty. At times this feels like a slightly defanged HAPPINESS, but thanks to a strangely touching finale, this is yet another strong entry in Solondz’s one-of-a-kind filmography.

 

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