R | 1h 33min | Comedy
Review - Matt Mungle
*Now playing in theaters*
Synopsis: After his engagement suddenly ends, Joshy and a few his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party in Ojai, California.
Review: Before you dismiss this as some average drunken comedy full of cliche discussions and obtuse characters take a moment and give JOSHY's heart a chance to beat. Sure we have seen most of these guys before and with few exceptions they are "those guys". But something about the theme and friendships makes this one feel more genuine.
Joshy (Thomas Middleditch) wants to put his failed engagement behind him and get together with a few of his best buds (Adam Pally and Alex Ross Perry) for a weekend of reflection and camaraderie. But as the guest list grows he finds himself engulfed in awkward moments from well meaning party crashers (Brett Gelman and Nick Kroll).
Each character is entertaining in their own way. They are individuals with different personal weights trying to forget it all for awhile and taste some unencumbered antics. When these issues surface is when the film truly hums. Most males have been one of these guys at some point and even more females have known one. This makes the story relatable. The actors (and we have seen them in these same scenarios) have matured to the point that the characters have more depth than they did several films ago. Another bonus.
Certainly not a perfect film and there are a handful of unnecessary plot lines thrown in for either shock value or awkward groans. These come near the end of the film which increases their annoyance.
One shining addition to dilute the testosterone juice is the adorable Jenny Slate. Luckily they didn't put her in as some bobble head spewing streams of off color wit. Her character Jodi enters the picture randomly but soon finds her footing. Fans of Ms Slate will love watching her here.
JOSHY is rated R for drug use and language throughout, sexual content/nudity and a disturbing image. Is in an adult film but don't be so adult you can't enjoy the ride. I give it 3 out of 5 belt loops. I am a fan of the cast and it is good to see them growing; even if a little bit.