In terms of tone and texture, Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town would have been right at home in the low-budget American independent film explosion of the early 1990s.
The plot is simple: Mackenzie Davis plays a young, broke musician with a huge chip on her shoulder who has to make it across LA without money or a car to try to ruin a party celebrating the engagement of her ex-boyfriend to her ex-best friend. Along the way, she has tragicomic encounters with friends who are sick of her shitty, self-involved attitude, and other odd denizens of what used to be called slacker culture. It all may sound familiar, but the performances (especially Davis, but also Lakeith Stanfield, Alia Shawkat, Annie Potts!!!, and others) are startling. Best of all: A scene in which the tormented estrangement of Davis and her sister (the magnificent Carrie Coon) plays out entirely in their eye contact as they play and sing Heavens to Betsy’s “Axemen” as an acoustic duet. Scenes like that are what movies are for. Trailer below.
Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town opens tonight for a limited engagement at Grand Illusion. A complete breakdown of 25 Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend here; and a full list of Seattle movie times here.