ALL MY FRIENDS HATE ME (TRIBECA)
Quirky, odd, dark, and twisted, All My Friends Hate Me is a uniquely enjoyable dark comedy that buries itself in second-hand embarrassment.
A trip with old university friends turns awkwardly painful as Pete (co-writer Tom Stourton) sees his paranoia get the best of him as strange occurrences continue to mount. All My Friends Hate Me is relatable to anyone dreading social interactions following a lengthy absence due simply to life happening or, say, a pandemic. The film methodically builds up the anxiety within Pete, which in turn ratchets up the tension for the audience. While it is immensely uncomfortable for much of its runtime, director Andrew Gaynord’s film keeps you guessing at every turn, vacillating between thorny interactions and comedic jabs.
As crazy as the story is and as obsessively nervous as Pete comes off, dare I say… I am Pete? I’m not sure what I should think when I identify with a troubled character like this, but here we are. Maybe this is the universe’s way of telling me to chill out.
Well-acted and filmed appropriately for the setting, All My Friends Hate Me is a surprisingly fun comedy-horror-thriller-mystery that never wanes in entertainment value.
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