Deadpan that just feels dead
SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE: Even with Sarah Silverman, it's just not that funny.
Just in case any insensitive pricks forgot, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Jeff Garlin is around to remind them that fatties get picked on long after junior high. His potbelly and sheepdog face fit the self-loathing James Aaron, who manages to elicit pathos while sitting alone on the hood of his car and munching on expired Ring-Dings. Beyond this genuine sentiment, however, is a mess. Overloaded with cameos, the film proves that Garlin has good friends, yet as a writer/director adapting his one-man show, he treats them like a cheese platter; Amy Sedaris, Bonnie Hunt, Richard Kind, and Sarah Silverman are just flat extensions of their usual shtick. It’s okay that Garlin’s first feature amounts to a filmed screenplay, but the humor lacks vitality — it aims for deadpan yet just feels dead, particularly the failed metajoke concerning a remake of Paddy Chayevsky’s Marty. There’s just no meat on this one.
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