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At the center of an awkwardly deferential yes man, played by our first filmmaker (surprise) suffering from grueling back pain in his dissatisfied life, Song of Back and Neck is not trying to reinvent the wheel, especially when it comes down to it bizarre dramedes based on nebby low men who cannot stand for themselves – in this case in the truest sense of the word. But ironically, Paul Lieberstein’s debut feature film directing a film about a man in excruciating, debilitating pain has a sweet, comfortable charm.
Aided by the keen talents of the actor-writer-director’s co-stars, including Rosemarie DeWitt, Robert Pine and colleagues from Office, Clark Duke and Paul Feig (the latter in a rare actor-only role), Paul Lieberstein is gracious (if also not very adventurous) film is too stubborn to really come together permanently – which is rather unhappy for a film about a man who finds his core center. However, this unpretentious, humble directorial debut is inappropriately a painless watch that displays its dry, engaging wit.
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