Ex-Chicagoan takes step back Uncle Kent
Convinced he missed the boat on love, 40-year-old Kent (Kent Osborne) is happy with his routine of working as an animator by day and spending nights taking bong hits in his underwear while killing time on ChatRoulette. Of course, he’s certainly up for welcoming a woman he meets on the website as a houseguest, and doubly so for a woman they meet on Craigslist who’s looking for a three-way.
The buzz: Ex-Chicago writer-director Joe Swanberg has steadily improved over the years. He started out at a place where he took “mumblecore” to mean “nudity-packed movie about nothing” (“Kissing on the Mouth”) and has grown to define the genre instead as “quietly honest look at real relation- ships” (“Nights and Weekends”).
The verdict: “He used to do tricks with his penis” isn’t really character development. Yes, it’s always good to see a movie that treats adults like adults; these characters may not have it all figured out, but they’re sexual and not ashamed of it. Yet “Uncle Kent” has only shadings of real people and circles around a point instead of making one. The collision of lonely hearts seeking even brief fulfillment doesn’t achieve much without a strong sense of who they are and how they feel about what’s happening.
Did you know? Kent’s sweatshirt reads, “In the real world, there are no happy endings.” Are you still consid-