Main Plot Points:
- When his off-the-grid best buddy Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis) inherits his estranged father s fortune, womanizing local weatherman Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson) joins forces with him to battle the legal challenge brought by Ben’s formidable sister (Amy Poehler), in the hilarious big-screen directorial debut from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.
What We Thought:
- Are You Here should be an absolute slam dunk, totally a film for me, but man could I not get into it.
- It has Zach Galifianakis who I love. Owen Wilson who I’m a big fan of. Amy Poehler who I like in ensembles like this. It’s from Matthew Weiner of Mad Men and I LOVE Mad Men.
- But this movie a total mess. There’s way too many sublevels to it to make one coherent film. Wilson is a weatherman who likes the ladies, has a tree cut down so he can a neighbor naked, just phones in his job yet falls in love all in the same movie. Galifianakis has to cope with the death of father, the inheritance, being crazy, taking meds, starting a Utopian society, dealing with Poehler.
- Poehler wants everything left to her. Thinks her brother is nuts, hates Wilson and doesn’t know why he’s involved and hates the gold digging younger second wife. And that wife isn’t a gold digger and wants nothing, but yet plays a big role in all of it.
- What doest that all amount to? A way too cluttered story. You never really know who to root for or what you want to have happen. None of the characters are all that likable and I just don’t think I cared enough to know what happened.
- The Blu-ray looks good. The farm and backdrop are highlighted very well. Small town American looks vibrant. Audio has easy to hear dialogue and score.
- Are You Here is a total head scratcher. I don’t know how all this talent put out a movie that just doesn’t go anywhere. I don’t quite know what to make of it.
- Director’s Commentary
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Laura Ramsey
- Zach Galifianakis
- Amy Poehler
- Owen Wilson
Recommended if You Like:
- This is Where I Leave You
- The Longest Week
- Matthew Weiner