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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.

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