Kabluey Captures Economic Anxiety Better Than Anything Else Out There
From the film appearances of the San Diego Chicken to the penguin-suited thug who gave Jean-Claude Van Damme a flipper-smacking in Sudden Death, I can't think of a single instance in film history where a giant padded suit hasn't been funnyand in his plangently comic feature debut, writer/director/star Scott Prendergast extends the streak. Prendergast plays Salman, the ne'er-do-well sibling of a National Guardsman on extended stay in Iraq. With his sister-in-law Leslie (Lisa Kudrow) at wits end juggling her household of hellions and an unstable corporate job, Salman takes on child-care duties with his usual aplombleaving her sulking kids to crash in a den carpeted with breakfast cereal. In desperation, Leslie sets up Salman with the mother of all crappy temp gigsand soon he's passing out flyers in the sweltering costume of her company's mascot, a foam-rubber stick figure with a bulbous blue head. The movie's absurdist yuks and Chaplinesque sentiment don't always mesh with the realistic agony of wage slavery and suburban turmoil. But the ingeniously designed suit (kudos to Geppetto Studios) offers plentiful possibilities for humor both high and low, and Prendergast takes advantage of every unfortunate hand portal, restricted movement, and disastrous bathroom break. At the same timethanks mostly to Kudrow's stunning performancethe Austin-shot movie catches the nation's mood of economic anxiety and workplace exploitation more pungently than anything else in theaters.
Get the Film & TV Newsletter
Stay up to date on the best new movies with our critics' latest reviews, interviews and trailers for the films coming to a theater near you each week.
More Film News
- Scott Adkins Plays a Badass Actually Named ‘Colt McReady’ In the Effective ‘Close Range’
- Meet the Pole Who Tried to Warn the World About the Holocaust in ‘Karski & the Lords...
- Jane Fonda Faced Down the Seventies and a Killer in Pakula’s Masterful ‘Klute’
- He’ll Get Your Head Shaking: Surveying the Start of Chung Mong-hong’s (Likely) Great...