Molli And Max In The Future: Review

Molli And Max In The Future: Review

Molli And Max In The Future: Review.

Over the last 25 years or so, the romantic comedy has been dying a slow death. From the highs of Julia Roberts in My Best Friend’s Wedding to the lows of Katherine Heigl in The Ugly Truth. These days most rom-coms can be found going straight to video on Netflix or Hulu, while the rare box office hit, like Anyone but You, can still have long legs in theaters. Although the genre might be dying, it’s certainly not dead, as filmmakers try to revitalize rom-coms with clever mashups.

Written and directed by Michael Lukk Litwak, in his feature film debut, Molli and Max In The Future takes place in the distant future where humanity intermingles with alien life and travel between dimensions is like driving to Target after work on a Tuesday night.

It follows the meetcute of two wandering souls, Molli, played by Zosia Mamet (The Kids Are All Right, Girls), and Max, played by Aristotle Athari (Silicon Valley, Saturday Night Live). They are thirty-somethings who are both looking for acceptance, love, and their place in the greater universe. She’s in an intergalactic sex cult and he builds combat robots for fame and glory. You know, just an average couple.

However, after an initial meeting in space, the two of them come together sporadically over the years until they both decide to be friends and figure out their loneliness together. Think When Harry Met Sally, but in space.

Yes, this is a rom-com, so you know exactly where it’s going to go and how it’s going to end, but the journey from beginning to end is a grand adventure through planets, galaxies, and the universe. Molli and Max In The Future is a refreshing and hilarious film that should be a big hit, but something tells me that it’s going to get lost in the algorithm.

It’s a small film that won’t capture general audiences, especially with its sci-fi setup and backdrop, but man, this film shines, as a breath of fresh air. The movie really goes to show what you can do with a few green screens, miniatures, a wonderful and charming cast, and a smart screenplay and structure.

Filmmaker Michael Lukk Litwak appreciation of romantic comedies and science fiction really shows with keen and sharp ideas, mixed with casual and easy-going storytelling with a bit of biting satire for good measure. Litwak pays homage to classic rom-coms without drawing too much attention to his inspirations, but eagled-eye viewers can spot the influences on sight —  namely with films, like Before Sunrise, Annie Hall, Manhattan, and others.

Molli and Max In The Future is a fantastic movie and really highlights the benefits of blending genres together. It delivers weird and bizarre ideas and imagery with a familiar, yet charming, story. 

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Rudie Obias lives in Brooklyn, New York. He’s a writer and editor who is interested in cinema, pop culture, music, NBA basketball, science fiction, and web culture. His work can be found at IGN, Fandom, TV Guide, Metacritic, Yahoo!, Battleship Pretension, Mashable, Mental Floss, and of course, BRWC.


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