Martin & Orloff

on November 07, 2003 by Susan Green
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Suffocated by self-conscious absurdism, this in-joke of a movie is moribund. Members of the Upright Citizen's Brigade--a New York City improv troupe with Comedy Central and "Saturday Night Live" connections--wrote the script. Several of them appear in lead roles and the normally talented Amy Poehler, Andy Richter, Janeane Garofalo, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch have cameos. Yet the entire enterprise suffers from crude, utterly unoriginal attempts at wit.

The premise must have seemed enticing: Martin (Ian Roberts), who designs costumes for corporate promotions, becomes suicidal when an actor dies in one of his flawed creations. Dr. Orloff (Matt Walsh) is the shrink Martin mistakenly consults for help with his problems, which are rooted less in psychology than in ruthless capitalism. Orloff's a nutcase, with a best friend (Jon Benjamin) who should be committed. But the mean-spirited screenplay and Lawrence Blume's lackluster direction don't provoke many laughs. Starring Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Jon Benjamin, David Cross, Katie Roberts, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Richter, Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey. Directed by Lawrence Blume. Written by Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Katie Roberts. Produced by Lawrence Blume, Linda Moran, Rene Bastian and Gill Holland. A Spit & Glue release. Comedy/Farce. Unrated. Running time: 84 min

Tags: Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Jon Benjamin, David Cross, Katie Roberts, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Richter, Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey. Directed by Lawrence Blume. Written by Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Katie Roberts. Produced by Lawrence Blume, Linda Moran, Rene Bastian and Gill Holland. A Spit & Glue release. Comedy/Farce, flawed, crude, moribund, self-conscious
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