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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Joshy' [Blu-ray+Digital HD]
(Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll, Brett Gelman, et al / Blu-ray / R / 2016 / LGF)

Overview: After his engagement suddenly ends, Joshy and a few his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party in Ojai, California. In their attempt to help Joshy deal with the recent turn of events, the guys turn the getaway into a raucous weekend filled with drugs, booze, debauchery, and hot tubs.

Blu-ray Verdict: The brief summary given about this story (above) creates a different idea in ones head than what the movie actually delivers. And what the movie offers is a story of four complex guys that have come together to help Joshy get past his depression over the death of his fiancé. And as the weekend of trying to have fun evolves we learn that Joshy is just one of the guys having his own problem. Each one must deal with his own emotional self and girlfriend relationship disappointments.

Joshy must deal with the death of his girlfriend, Ari questions his marriage, Alex gets dumped by his girlfriend of ten years, Eric has commitment issues, and Greg can't seem to find a girlfriend. Each character keeps his feelings bottled up except Alex who tries to rationalize his feelings and is willing to talk to anyone who will listen.

The term "male bonding" has been used to describe this movie, but I believe it has nothing to do with bonding. Four of the five are close friends from the start and Greg was the 'guy who came along for the fun'. The story is actually about trying to avoid the issues at hand through booze, drugs, and strippers! Then near the end the five are forced by circumstance to come to terms with themselves and deal with life as best as one can.

This is a talky movie and each actor does an excellent job at being the character they were cast to be. My favorite was Ari & Jodi - they seemed so perfect together as a couple. In closing, writer/director Jeff Baena succeeds in creating a story of what life is like, albeit more-so in reality than what we want it to be. (ZO) This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:

Audio Commentary with writer/director Jeff Baena, actor/producer Adam Patty, and actor/producer Thomas Middleditch.

Official 'Joshy' Trailer