Premiere Status: Australian Premiere
Festival Appearances/Awards: 2019 Tribeca Film Festival
“...knockout performances from Schwartz and Crystal.” - Slash FIlm
Things are not going according to plan for Scott (Ben Schwartz), a stand-up comedian begrudgingly returning to Long Island after striking out on the Los Angeles comedy scene. He’s humiliated to move back in with his family and haunted by what could have been with Becky, his hometown girlfriend. Wracked with doubt and facing the prospect of a soul-crushing ‘real’ job, Ben finds an unexpected connection with Marty (Billy Crystal), a local Jewish dermatologist and charming barfly with a penchant for karaoke. As their unlikely friendship evolves, Marty and Scott find the strength to start confronting their long-simmering regrets.
This poignant and warmhearted comedy is an ode to companionship and facing failure together.
The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) celebrates extraordinary Jewish-themed film from Israel and the Jewish diaspora. In 2019, JIFF presents a diverse program of film from around the globe including Opening Night documentary 'Ask Dr Ruth', which celebrates the life and legacy of sex therapist Dr Ruth Westheimer; 'Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles' which considers the impact of Fiddler on the Roof the world over, and Closing Night feature 'Jojo Rabbit'. The new WW II satire film from Jewish Maori director Taika Waititi has its first Australian screenings at JIFF.