Hulu and Lionsgate have partnered up to bring us Joshy on Blu-ray starring Thomas Middleditch and Nick Kroll. Also featuring an appearance of Aubrey Plaza, this film was billed as a comedic boys weekend of debauchery to cheer up a friend’s suddenly canceled wedding, but is that really what this movie is about?
The Movie Itself (2/5)
The trailer for Joshy shows a wild and crazy weekend get together for a group of guys who are trying to keep their buddy afloat after his wedding gets canceled. The music and tone of the trailer suggests that this movie may be something akin to a somewhat muted Hangover style of craziness.
While in reality, the movie does feature some crazy situations involving drugs, alcohol, and women, this movie is not nearly the fun loving experience that you may be going into it expecting.
To start the film off and to set the mood, we quickly learn that Joshy’s wedding was canceled not due to cold feet or anything of the like, but rather the death of his fiancee by strangulation with his belt. He comes home from a workout to find his darling asphyxiated hanging off the door… things just get darker for him from there on out.
We learn that the deposit he placed on a cabin for the wedding cannot be returned, so off he goes with a group of buddies in hopes to bring a little cheer back into his life.
Once the group gathers together, we quickly can see a trainwreck in progress. Each of these men have a different idea of what the weekend will hold and each has their own issues to work on. We have Ari, who has marriage issues of his own he just wants Joshy to have a good time. There is Adam, who is awkward as hell and had a recent breakup, he wants to console and commiserate with Joshy, while Greg, is only around for a bachelor party. Lastly Eric, the man with all the plans, who aims to keep the weekend moving and do everything he can to keep Joshy’s mind off of his former partner.
Along the way the crew meets a group of women who confuse, confound, and only seem to make matters worse. We find ourselves going through a series of situations that take place over the course of the weekend. there are many failed attempts at keeping their minds off of their issues, all while failing to opening acknowledge them to themselves or others.
Ultimately, the arrival of Joshy’s would be inlaws for a quick check up/accusation finally sets him off and we see the emotion that he’s been penning up the whole time. This is what the movie has been building up to and unfortunately, it gets glazed over almost too quickly. The last night in the lodge is spent with the group actually opening up to each other and enjoying their time together as they play this ridiculously complicated board game. It is the therapy that you were hoping Joshy would get, and the bulk of the growth and closure for all characters…
…except that it ends in the morning. Everyone packs up and they all say goodbye and go back to their problems. At least that is what I took away from the ending. I was really hoping for more, but we see the ending credits just too soon.
Apart from the story being somewhat dissatisfying, the acting is done quite well. Middleditch plays the awkward role like he was born to do so, and each of his friends play their part equally convincingly. If you’re looking for an awkward and dark comedy, this may just well be up your alley. If not, then maybe I would recommend renting before buying.
Visuals/Picture Quality (4/5)
The majority of this film is spent in pretty boring locations, often in low lighting with lots of darker shades of coloring. While this sets the tone fairly well, it doesn’t translate to exciting visuals. That isn’t to say this isn’t a good looking film – just not a lot of awe inspiring moments to be had. There’s a lot of detail, the blacks are pretty deep, and when the scenes are well lit, the clarity is great. These scenes are just fewer in number.
Score/Audio Quality (4/5)
Joshy is almost entirely dialog driven, with a lot of time spent with multiple characters talking at once. The audio track (a DTS Master-Audio 5.1 track to be exact) handles all of this well, and I never missed a word, even during some of the shouting matches that take place. There is some decent ambient sounds in some scenes, but overall, this movie sounds about as good as it looks, pretty decent but not exciting. The movie is more about character interactions than anything else, so this makes sense.
Special Features (1.5/5)
The only included special feature is an audio commentary with the Writer/Director Jeff Baena, Producer/Actor Adam Pally, and Actor Thomas Middleditch. While some may enjoy this addition, it didn’t draw me in, although it is fairly informative.
Lionsgate has released this Blu-ray in an eco case with a sleeve with art on one side and a matching slipcover and disc art. Also included in the packaging is an insert with the UV code for a digital copy.
- Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
- DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Runtime 93 Mins
Joshy Overall (3/5)
Joshy was possibly presented in it’s trailers as something that it is not, which ultimately hindered the experience for me. It’s an awkward film with an awkward group of characters who do awkward things over the course of a weekend. It is somewhat entertaining, in a dark way and may be worth your time, but I recommend renting/streaming before buying.
You can pick it up here.
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