An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn is an odd little film indeed. Assembling an amazing comedic cast of Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Jemaine Clement, Craig Robinson and Matt Berry, writer/director Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler) presents a strange, hilarious, awkward and just plain weird love story that is as eccentric as it is meaningful.
Aubrey Plaza plays Lulu Danger, a woman in a marriage that has left her feeling underappreciated by her husband and boss Shane Danger (played by Emile Hirsch who is almost having too much fun in his ridiculous role as the would-be villain of the piece). When Lulu is fired from the espresso bar by her husband, Lulu takes this as the final (iced coffee) straw and runs away with the weirdo (Jemaine Clement being allowed to sport a Kiwi accent) hired by her husband to rob her Indian brother.
Hiding away in a roadside hotel, Lulu finds herself eagerly awaiting the performance of the famous Beverly Luff Linn (Craig Robinson) who is booked to play the same hotel that night – for one magical night only (and this magical night is well worth wait). If that all sounds too strange to keep up with then you are probably beginning to get a feel for the type of film An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn is. It’s melodramatic, bizarre and extremely entertaining. My guess though is that it isn’t for everyone but I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Films such as this often run the risk of falling into the trap of “style over substance” in that they spend so much time being different that the storytelling falls short. Admittedly in the first 20 minutes I feared this may be the case but was pleasantly surprised by the character-driven journey I was taken on. Each of the actors are clearly enjoying the opportunity to overact and are having a lot of fun in their roles which makes the film’s experience all the more enjoyable.
It is almost as if each of the actors bring an element of the characters that made them famous into their roles – so it’s like having Parks & Rec mixed with Flight of the Conchords with a sprinkling of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace all shot through the same stylistic lens as Napoleon Dynamite. Sounds like too much? I can guarantee it will be for some people but I was delighted to find myself completely on board and ended up really enjoyed this bizarre little love story.
Well worth a watch for something a little bit different.
– Ashton Brown