Neurotic, bitter, resentful and universally loathed, including by his own wife, brother and son, a middle-aged guy finds out he has a brain aneurism and a measly 90 minutes to right every wrong in his miserable life. In a nutshell, that’s the quirky, gloomy, outlandish premise of Phil Alden Robinson’s latest dramedy, starring Robin Williams as “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” and Mila Kunis as the frustrated young medic who misleads the protagonist into thinking his demise is so imminent.
Sure, if we were to nitpick, we’d wonder what kind of moron simply accepts such a specific diagnosis and prognosis, storming out of the doctor’s office without asking another question. But hey, Kunis breaks the news to “Henry Altmann”, and who could blame him for losing his common sense when around the lovely actress?
Besides, just because the storyline is ridiculous, it doesn’t mean the movie lacks feeling, dark humor or, for that matter, all kinds of twisted humor. The “cut” joke in the trailer is both silly and hysterical, Melissa Leo looks in fine shape as Altmann’s sex-deprived, temperamental spouse, while the suicidal cat is, well, a bit much, but still funny in a “oh no they didn’t” way.
Bottom line, there’s great potential here, at least in the comedy department. Oh, and did I mention the supporting cast also includes Peter Dinklage, Richard Kind and Hamish Linklater? Too bad “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” is poised for merely a limited theatrical run starting May 23.