A Happening of Monumental Proportions | Salt Lake City Weekly

A Happening of Monumental Proportions

Rated R 81 minutes 2018

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The only happening of any proportion to be found in the directorial debut of gently comic actor and creative force-of-nature Judy Greer is the confirmation of the monumental esteem—which is completely justified—in which she is held by her Hollywood peers. The evidence is the cast she has assembled for her ensemble dramedy: Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Common, Keanu Reeves, John Cho, Jennifer Garner, Katie Holmes and many other recognizable names and faces. One can only imagine how they all held their noses and gamely dived in anyway, just for Greer’s sake, once they read the deeply awful script, a terrible screenwriting debut from actor Gary Lundy. Over one day in Los Angeles, an array of vague approximations of human beings engage in behavior and speak words that no real people would ever be found in the vicinity of. Dead bodies are desecrated; parents betray their children; teachers betray their children. There are brief moments of genuine humanity and connection, but mostly it’s difficult to even fathom whence the presumed sentimentality springs from. Los Angeles has never looked so sociopathic, and so unintentionally.

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Director: Judy Greer

Producer: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano and David Gardner

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Allison Janney, Common, Bradley Whitford, Anders Holm, Rob Riggle, Storm Reid and John Cho

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