Owen Gleiberman
March 12, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Frownland

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
106 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/09/08
performer
Paul Grimstad, Dore Mann
director
Ronald Bronstein
distributor
Frownland
author
Ronald Bronstein
genre
Comedy

We gave it an A-

It takes daring to build a film around a discombobulated loser who sells coupons and can barely splutter out a sentence; it takes vision to make his desperation ours. Frownland, Ronald Bronstein’s startling comedy, is like a mumblecore Eraserhead directed by John Cassavetes. It’s a look at a New York ”bohemia” that’s passed its expiration date. You may not realize that Dore Mann, who’s like the harmless twit son of Son of Sam, is acting, but when he lurches through a nightmare party as ”Jailhouse Rock” echoes, he’s as poignant as a modern-day Hunchback of Notre-Dame. A-

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