Teddy Bears (SIFF 2013)

See synopsis below.

What I liked: The actors were well cast and I thought they did a really great job with their characters as they were written. The premise of the film was absurd, but had the potential for funny.

What I didn’t like: Teddy Bears tried to straddle the line between comedy and drama, but never fell squarely enough into either category to do it well. The pacing was slower than I would have liked (not enough laughs for a comedy, too many for a drama). Generally an awkward and unfulfilling viewing experience.

Provided Film Synopsis
Andrew (David Krumholtz), despondent over the death of his mother, invites his closest friends, two couples, and his devoted girlfriend Hannah (Melanie Lynskey), to join him in the Joshua Tree desert for an emotionally healing retreat—which just so happens to include a therapeutic orgy. His shocking request is dismissed as a joke, but Andrew is convinced that feeling a wealth of love all at once is the only way he can overcome depression. An outrageous weekend transpires as this group of friends debate Andrew's request, share uncomfortable hot tub time, and visit a nearby town in hopes of finding an alternate solution with some ladies of the night. But the time to decide is running out, and Andrew is becoming more and more unhinged. Using the magical, desolate landscape of the Joshua Tree desert as their backdrop, husband and wife directorial team Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman explore the comedic depths of despair, relationships, sexual longing, and unjust demands with a top-notch ensemble cast that also includes Gillian Jacobs (Community), Ahna O'Reilly (The Help), and Jason Ritter, plus a moving cameo from the legendary Ned Beatty.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Rebecca Fishman
    • Thomas Beatty
  • Cast Members:

    • Ahna O'Reilly
    • David Krumholtz
    • Gillian Jacobs
    • Jason Ritter
    • Melanie Lynskey
    • Ned Beatty
    • Zachary Knighton
  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Black Comedy
    • Drama