24 Oct 2019

Greener Grass (Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe, 2019)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

Co-written and co-directed with an unconstrained absurdist glee and quirky irreverence by improv comedians turned filmmakers Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe who also have a whale of a weird time in front of the camera as ultra-polite soccer mums, Greener Grass turns an American dream into a candy-colored suburbia nightmare in which the love for thy neighbor is taken to an irrational extreme. A contender for the most disturbingly delightful film of the year, this 'kids with knives'-sharp middle-class satire by way of a twisted soap opera parody firmly embraces the deliberately kitschy aesthetics of dark humor-veiling pastels, and mercilessly plunges the viewer into a world where all the adults wear braces, newborns are being bestowed to reciprocate the compliment, and coming-of-age tends to feel like becoming a golden retriever. It goes without saying that both the cult status and a bit of head-scratching are guaranteed.

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