By turns whimsical and touching, this intimate character study (2016) stars the versatile Andre Royo (HBO’s The Wire) as a struggling, middle-aged ex-con. Dumped by his girlfriend and living with his mother, he’s a natty hustler overly confident of his persuasive powers. His chance meeting with a sweet-tempered young man earning money as a medical test subject (George Sample III) leads to their partnership as refrigerator salvagers and to the older man’s hooking up with the younger’s curvaceous aunt (Kellee Stewart), not the smartest move for someone trying to win back his ex-flame. Writer-director Joshua Locy makes his attractive cast even more so by setting them against the burnished glow of some Greater Los Angeles locations that feel fresh and authentic.
NR • 1 hour 28 min • 2016