If you’re still mourning the loss of Parks and Recreation from the airwaves, you may be interested in a new indie romantic comedy coming out soon called My Blind Brother. The movie reunites Adam Scott with Jenny Slate and Nick Kroll, both of whom had minor recurring parts on the sitcom. He plays a visually impaired man with a competitive edge who gets Slate’s character to help him train for a swim event, and it turns out his brother (Kroll) and her had a thing. Love triangulation ensues.
My Blind Brother, which also stars Zoe Kazan, premiered earlier this year at the SXSW Film Festival to positive reviews and earned the Gamechanger Award for writer-director Sophie Goodhart. The debut was particularly special since SXSW also saw the premiere of the Goodhart’s short film of the same name (starring Tony Hale) back in 2003. The new feature-length version has gone on to other fests since and also picked up an honor at Traverse City, being named the audience’s choice for best U.S. fiction film.
Check out the new trailer for the film here:
For Parks and Recreation fans, it should be interesting to see Scott and Kroll basically swap identities for this movie, since the former is the ass this time and the latter the more humble dork. In his review for another site, Movies.com contributor Eric D. Snider reveals that we get to keep disliking Scott’s character all the way to the end, which is part of his praise. “My Blind Brother is frequently hilarious,” he writes, “and it winds up having just enough real emotion to keep it grounded, even as Goodhart wisely refrains from selling out and ending the story with hugs and understanding, like most comedies would.”
My Blind Brother opens in limited release on September 23.
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