Jackson Tozer, Fabiana Weiner, Tegan Crowley, Troy Larkin
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Australia’s own addition to the modern stand-up comedian lifestyle film is not always happy but manages to stay funny.
Lazybones finds its main character Ben (Jackson Tozer) at an impasse: driving an Uber through Melbourne as he attempts to kickstart his comedy career, he turns his countless awkward romantic encounters into material onstage, trying to make it through life and find someone worthwhile in a world where everyone’s on Tinder. As he navigates awful dates, his fumbling old-fashioned parents and his drifting brother (Troy Larkin), Ben starts to wonder: is there more to life than this?
Lazybones’s laconic Aussie humour often softens the blow of the sadly realistic world it portrays as Ben floats through life, unsure of what is next, anxious for things to change but not doing much about it. Even though Ben has opportunities presented to him to change up his life, like meeting a perfect new girl, he never takes the chances, for fear of making things even more unbearable.
For a comedy, Lazybones is often quite sombre; however, its imperfect but hilarious characters provide wonderful comic relief in both the movie and Ben’s life. From the more-than-just-a-manic-pixie-dream-girl Jean (Tegan Crowley), to Ben’s off the rails best friend Lucy (Fabiana Weiner), and even his dog (aptly named Dog), Jones’ characters are easily the best part of the movie, setting the tone for a film that isn’t always happy, but manages to stay funny.
Co-written and co-produced by Caitlin Farrugia and Michael Jones, and directed by Jones, the film is a highly accomplished DIY effort that recently premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival in California. If you’ve seen Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me, and are a fan of the modern stand-up comedian lifestyle sub-genre then you will get a great a deal of enjoyment out of Lazybones and its barbed, self-effacing observations. It also captures a unique slice-of-millennial life, and although ultimately slight, it’s certainly an enjoyable ride and augers well for its talented fresh faced cast, and Farrugia and Jones, who will next tackle an indie horror film.