"Dealin' With Idiots", a new comedy about the absurdities of parents and coaches involved with little league baseball, is now in theaters. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
If you're a fan of the TV show "Curb Your Enthusiasm" you know Jeff Garlin, who plays Larry David's manager. Now Garlin has a new movie, which he not only stars in, but also co-wrote and directed. It's called "Dealin' With Idiots".
Garlin plays a successful stand up comic who, one day while watching all the nutty people at his son's little league baseball game, thinks about possibly doing a movie about these idiots.
He decides to interview the parents and the coaches, who are too involved in these kids lives and who take the games way too seriously.
On hand are such funny people as Bob Odenkirk who's head coach and playing some of the parents are Richard Kind, Fred Willard, Gina Gershon, and Jamie Gertz. Nia Vardalos plays Garlin's wife.
Jeff Garlin's humor here is basically reactive, as he lets all the other people in his film act crazy and out of control.
There are a few laughs, most of them coming from comedian JB Smoove, who's also a cast member of Curb. But the humor, for the most part, is strained and the comedy just doesn't work.
Garlin has tried to adopt the same pacing and improvisational style of the TV show that he's been on for many seasons. But in many ways this is like watching a very bad episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" without Larry David and minus the sharp pointed comedy. In Garlin's movie, almost everything falls flat and I was bored.
I enjoy Jeff Garlin on TV and as a standup, but even if you're a fan of him and his co-stars, don't waste your time. The subject matter is ripe for satire and it's a good idea. But sadly, it's bad execution.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 1.5 Apples