Aardvark movie poster

Just when one thought Jenny Slate (Obvious Child, My Blind Brother, Gifted) had impeccable taste in projects, here comes this disorganized formation of cliches surrounding mental illness. Like a John nervously compensating his hooker, unkempt mental patient Josh (Zachary Quinto, or is it Jason Schwartzman with a hellish hair-comb?) unpockets a wad of crumpled bills to settle up in advance with new therapist Emily (Slate). He’s instantly smitten, but given her horrific history with men, it’s no surprise that Emily hooks up with Josh’s estranged older brother Craig (Jon Hamm). From here on, writer/director Brian Shoaf plays the “it’s all in his head” card so many times that he leads audiences down the path of rambling incoherence. There are frequent flashbacks to the brothers visiting the titular creature at their local zoo, the meaning of which is so vague as to defy interpretation. That seems about right. 2018.

Scott Marks

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