Review: Molli and Max in the Future (SXSW 2023)


Title: Molli and Max in the Future
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Director: Michael Lukk Litwak
Starring: Zosia Mamet, Aristotle Athari, Erin Darke
Runtime: 1 hr 33 mins

What It Is: In the very far future Max (Athari) meets Molli in a happenstance situation. The two quickly become friends and through 12 years, 4 planets, 3 dimensions and even a squid deity the two are now linked as friends. As they meet and meet and meet again their lives are changing as does their relationship to each other and with others. Perhaps they’re meant to be friends or perhaps just maybe there’s something more there.

What We Think: This was right up my alley. It’s a romantic comedy set in the future. Mixing sci-fi and romcom elements is something I absolutely stan. For what it’s worth the film has a uniquely colored look to it. It’s somewhat of an odd look and the CGI accompanying the film isn’t the best. I wanted to make sure to get that out of the way quickly. Zosia Mamet’s chemistry with Aristotle Athari is great. There’s some really genuine and really funny moments in this film and it’s presented beautifully by director Michael Lukk Litwak. The writing is where the film shines. It’s sharp and funny and does exactly what it is suppose to do in regards to getting us, the audience, to care.

Our Grade: A-, This one took me by surprise. But also anyone who knows me knows that there’s really no surprise here. I cannot wait for the world to see this weird, interesting and heartfelt romantic journey through space and time. One that will fill your heart but also bring forth a smile. There’s just something about the electricity between the two central characters. With a bit more of a budget this would’ve been, perhaps, one of 2023’s absolute best looking films. As it stands it was at least one of the years most interesting looking pieces.

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