Black Bear (2021)

Lawrence Michael Levine directs Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon in this dark comedy where a difficult actress arrives at lake house retreat owned by a fractious couple.

This indie starts like a three hander play where we are stuck between a warring husband and wife and their sarcastic guest. It works and I would have quite happily experienced the continued tensions, flirtations and jealousies play out at feature length. At the midway point though something shifts, the story either resets or reboots from a reality altering viewpoint… the movie becomes a heavily populated meta farce. Not a bad one, and the themes remain the same, yet you feel like the toy you were enjoying playing with has been snatched away and replaced with something… a bit cheaper? Quibbles and frustrations aside, Plaza remains one of the most pleasing, exciting movie stars out there. She dominates the screen here.

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