ROOM FOR RENT (Matthew Atkinson) pairs Brett Gelman and Mark Little in a comedy about two grown men acting like children, to which both actors are very well suited. Little (Mr. D, Space Riders: Division Earth) is Mitch, who won the lottery as a teenager and blew it all in the decade and a half that followed, ending up a 32-year-old afraid to leave his parents’ house. When Mitch’s dad (Mark McKinney) is laid off, Mitch convinces them to take in a lodger… which brings Carl (Gelman, of Love and Stranger Things) into the house. Mitch takes an instant dislike to him, of course, even though he can’t convince anyone else that the new guy poses some sort of threat. And that’s the engine that drives writer/director Atkinson’s comedy of discomfort, with the immature Mitch determined to oust the unshakable Carl. It’s a delight to see Little’s nervous fragility bounce off Gelman’s unctuous composure in scene after scene, though I do worry that people who don’t know their previous work might just get tired of watching these weirdos yelling at one another. Also delightful: Carla Gallo and Patrick J. Adams, who turn up as Mitch’s schoolmates. 89 min. NNN (Norman Wilner)
Brett Gelman (left) and Mark Little get big laughs in Room For Rent.