Lemon movie poster

If this year’s most impressive supporting cast — Nia Long, Judy Greer, Gillian Jacobs, Michael Cera, Jeff Garlin, Rhea Perlman, Megan Mullaly, Fred Melamed, Shiri Appleby, David Paymer, and Maria Gibbs — were playing slices of fruit suspended in a bowl of slowly thickening Jell-O, the result would still be more interesting to watch than this aptly named Lemon. What’s worse than Wes Anderson? Imitation Wes Anderson. Here is a film that positions jokes about adult diapers — a staple in Johnny Carson’s comedic arsenal over two decades ago — out there on the cutting edge. When it comes to delivering laughs, Lemon is tragic: the deluge of absurdist dignities unleashed by first time director Janicza Bravo confirms what we already know, that there is nothing more painful than watching an unfunny comedy. Be prepared for what will prove to be far and away the longest 83 minutes you’ll spend watching a movie this year. 2017.

Scott Marks

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