Cinema Review: My Blind Brother | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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My Blind Brother

Studio: Starz Digital
Directed by Sophie Goodhart

Sep 20, 2016 Web Exclusive
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Robbie (Adam Scott) has it all: good looks, athleticism, and a way with women. He’s also blind, but that hasn’t gotten in the way of his becoming a local celebrity for his athletic achievements and prodigious charity work. Much of it, however, comes at the expense of his brother and training partner, Bill (Nick Kroll), whose life stalled out in early adulthood. The siblings’ spite for one another comes to an impasse when they both fall for the same woman (Jenny Slate).

As the blind, overachieving Robbie, Scott hilariously plays his most punchable character yet—an impressive feat for an actor who seems to specialize in douchebaggier comedy roles. Kroll, however, steps out of his comfort zone to take on a more understated role than we’re used to seeing him in. His chemistry with Slate is strong, making them a surprisingly strong romcom couple. Though filmmaker Sophie Goodhart’s My Blind Brother dips into some impressively dark places, much of it is too light to give it real cult appeal. Still, it’s an enjoyable diversion from the predominantly saccharine offerings of the genre, and one that will elicit more than a few inappropriate giggles from the more twisted fans out there.

Author rating: 6/10

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