A young Manhattan couple discover their elderly neighbour’s body, leading them on a zany murder-mystery adventure.
Barri and Noah are 20-somethings living in the neurotic conditions of downtown New York. Cartoonlishly energetic Barri dreams of restoring an abandoned theme park. In the mean time, Noah’s very essence seems to be slowly fading away: his business is failing, his health faltering and all his past girlfriends have turned into lesbians.
In the midst of this existential crisis, the sudden death of their elderly neighbor Sylvia seems to be just another candle on the cake. But when Barri finds out that Sylvia’s son will benefit from the life insurance, she gets suspicious. As she digs deeper into the mystery, reluctantly pursued by an entirely unconvinced Noah, more odd events and shady characters spring from the apartment block’s many doorways. Is Barri’s hunch right, or is she trying to make trouble out of nothing?
This murder-mystery makes for fun watching. Michael Montes’ synthesized ‘80s score, coupled with Sophia Takal’s energy as Barri and Lawrence Levine’s directorial choices, give the film a ‘Scooby-Doo’-esque vibe. Don’t be fooled though, as this film also has plenty of serious things to say, both about Barri and Noah’s relationship and about our own contemporary neuroses.
Lawrence Michael Levine