New American Cinema | 2017 | 97 minutes
SIFF Says:In his debut feature film, director Dave McCary delivers this ode to fandoms everywhere in the form of James and his singular obsession. Living his entire life off the grid with no interest in the outside world, 25-year-old James (Kyle Mooney, Saturday Night Live) spends his days curating his fixation on Brigsby Bear, a television show he’s been dependent on since childhood. Through every episode, James is taught lessons that aim to squash curiosity of the world and instill trust in parental figures. Suddenly his life is thrown into utter chaos―and this offbeat dramedy follows James as he learns to navigate his new life while suffering what he views as the greatest loss of all, Brigsby Bear. He makes it his life mission to create a Brigsby Bear movie, while simultaneously attempting to come to terms with what happened to him. Mooney’s outstanding performance as an adult still stuck in the throes of his prepubescence demonstrates his ability to creatively branch out from his SNL roots.
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