Molli (Mamet) and Max’s (Athari) meet-cute is about as quirky as they get: She swerves to keep away from a chaotic jumble of area particles whereas out looking magic crystals in her flying automobile, he crash-lands on her windshield in an old school astronaut swimsuit, he guilts her into taking him into town for a robotic struggle, they preserve hanging out afterwards. However the romantic rigidity between them by no means results in something, and shortly bigger considerations—the chip on his shoulder, her quest for non secular enlightenment—separate them, at the very least quickly.
The movie is split into chapters, within the type of its inspiration; it’s set over the course of 12 years, additionally in imitation of Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s rom-com traditional. (The interstitial interviews are lacking right here.) Their path to realization, self- and in any other case, is winding and filled with diversions: Acquainted comedic actors like Aparna Nancherla, Matteo Lane, and Arturo Castro pop out and in of the narrative, as do fantastical places which can be named-dropped as casually as in the event that they have been exits on the New Jersey Turnpike. (One of many funnier jokes of this kind is the Quantum Zone, a dimension spun off from a preferred podcast.)
It’s all both whimsically charming or annoyingly cute, relying in your temperament. The factor that retains the movie from spinning out into the ambiance (actually or figuratively, your alternative) is the chemistry between Mamet and Athari. On the entire, Mamet provides the extra dynamic efficiency; her character’s angst feels each particular and common in a approach that reads as broadly, quintessentially human. However the all-important back-and-forth is simple and unforced, making it really feel like these are literally two buddies who would possibly at some point develop into lovers—if they’ll ever recover from themselves.