Published Jul 08, 2016The phrase "you'll laugh, you'll cry" has never applied to anything more aptly than it does Other People, a film that will have you in hysterics of both joy and sadness as you watch Molly Shannon slowly die of cancer. After opening the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, this directorial debut from Chris Kelly is finally getting a wide release in September.
In addition to Shannon's award-worthy performance, the film stars Jesse Plemons as a young gay comic who is trying to maintain a relationship with his judgemental father while also dealing with the false starts of his comedy career.
As we said in our review, "There's a lot and going on, and watching Other People would feel like it was at least two movies at once if it weren't for its near-perfect pacing. Right after a harrowing Shannon scene, another big gag will keep things from getting too weepy. It helps too that both Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons turn in outstanding performances. Even in her whispering frailty, Shannon lends Joanne a warmth that makes us love her as if she were our own mother, adding another layer of empathy to the story. Like the audience, Plemons goes through an emotional rollercoaster onscreen."
One of the year's best films, make sure you keep an eye out for Other People when it opens on September 9. Watch its trailer below.