Will's life has just changed forever as the next chapter is up in the air.
Will (Jemaine Clement) is a graphic novelist, a professor at the School of Visual Arts and the father of beautiful twin girls. His seemingly picture-perfect Brooklyn life is turned upside down when he walks in on the mother of his children and long-time girlfriend, Charlie (Stephanie Allynne), with another man at their daughters' fifth birthday party.
People Places Things
Charlie is a great character and is well played by Allynne. Part of me wanted to hate her but the other half could see how hard she was working to provide a better life for herself and her children. Will and Charlie both have this lost soul element to them.
The direction of this work creates a poignant story. Swanberg provides a glimpse into adulthood that isn't often seen from this perspective. We get to see that nobody even knows what the right thing to do is or if there even is a right thing to do. Will is doing his best with what he has and Charlie is trying to make a better life for herself but isn't sure about her decisions. It's as close to real life situations as you can get with a graphic novel of beautiful proportions thrown in for good measure. The comedy provides a soft background to these obviously heightened emotional moments in the characters' lives.
Flash forward one year later, Will is a single father, living alone, trying to put his life back together with the help of his student Kat (Jessica Williams) and her mother Diane (Regina Hall). The relationship between Diane and Will is beautiful. They come together in this eclectic and considerate way that bridges a gap between both of their dysfunctional relationship skills.
In this thoughtful comedy, Will is forced to navigate the unknown landscape of single fatherhood and dating in New York City, while coming to terms with himself both as a father as an artist. The movie works really well around the graphic novel portrayed by Will and definitely provides an extra creative flair to this comic piece.
I would recommend this light hearted comic drama to creative people and Jemaine Clement fans. People Places Things is screening at Luna Leederville from September 10.