I’ve always liked Jeff Garlin. He has a positivity to his tone of voice that pleasantly offsets any jokes he may tell that trickle into cynical territory. And I think that’s an achievement. As much as we love pessimistic comedians who permanently have their middle finger held to humanity’s bad habits, Garlin manages to identify the same things, maintain appropriate snarkiness, then analyze them with a sunnier disposition. In his new film, Dealin’ With Idiots, Garlin applies his top-rate comedy & metaphysical jokes to the challenges of being a comedian and a father.
The film stars Garlin (who also co-wrote and directed) as a famous comedian who is so taken aback by the level of competitiveness at his son’s little league baseball games, that he decides to use the rambunctious parents as inspiration for his next film. Some of the parents he uses for research include Gina Gershon, Jami Getz, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Richard Kind, Bob Odenkirk, Timothy Olyphant, J.B. Smoove, and Fred Willard. Nia Vardalos plays his wife.
IFC Films is distributing, and has scheduled the film for a limited release starting July 12th.
Source: First Showing