Review: Greener Grass (2019 Sundance Film Festival)


Title: Greener Grass
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Director: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe
Starring: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett
Runtime: 1 hr 41 mins

What It Is: Suburban moms Jill (DeBoer) and Lisa (Luebbe) lives an idyllic life. Their loving husbands Nick (Bennett) and Dennis (Neil Casey) stick by them and their children adore them. Even if they are flawed. Whether it’s Lisa’s son Bob with his anger issues and Jill’s son Julian who still wets the bed. When things begin to take a turn for the worst Jill is unsure how to deal with it.

What We Think: I hated this movie so much! The humor was just not for me. Much of it was just far too obscure. Stuff that only works in 30-minute increments AT BEST is instead stretched over the films bloated 101 minutes. Structurally jokes happen and they’re supposed to be funny but they just aren’t. This works as a short as the humor doesn’t wear out its welcome. Directors DeBoer and Luebbe don’t do anything spectacular with the camera. This, simply put is a bad movie. One that would feel more at home on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim as maybe a 10 or 15 minute short. More Tim & Eric then anything else. This feels a bit like An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin except this one is a bit too ridiculous for my tastes.

Our Grade: D, I’d say this is lost potential but I didn’t even like the short it’s based on. So much of this is dependent on you “getting” the joke. I am not the one this is aimed at. If you like that offbeat humor like the above-mentioned pieces. If those fit for you seek this out call me whatever you like and move on but if you like your humor funny maybe skip this one.

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