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Brigsby Bear,

directed by Dave McCary

(PG-13, 1 hour, 37 minutes)

Odd and wonderful, Brigsby Bear is a sweet film about how a cloistered young man, raised in a cultural vacuum, comes to find his way in the wider world through the application of imagination, curiosity and creativity.

James (Saturday Night Live's Kyle Mooney) is a 25-year-old who lives underground with his parents at a compound in the desert. He is mainly confined to the house, although he occasionally dons a gas mask -- to protect himself from what his caretakers have told him is a poisonous atmosphere -- and sneaks out through the air lock in the middle of the night. The only media he consumes are VHS cassettes of a long-running educational children's show, Brigsby Bear Adventures, and the only interactions he has with people other than his mom April (Jane Adams) and dad Ted (Mark Hamill) is via an internet chat room he accesses with an '80s-vintage computer. There he discusses the show with Brigsbyboy1, Brigsbyboy2, Brigsbyboy3 and BrigsbyGirl1.

But one night while gazing across the desert, he sees police vehicles converging on his compound. FBI agents burst in, arresting the people James believes are his parents. It turns out the newborn James was stolen from the hospital, and a kind-hearted detective (Greg Kinnear) has been working with his real parents (Veep's Matt Walsh and SNL veteran Michaela Watkins) to find him and bring him to a world with breathable air, lots of people, a sister (Ryan Simpkins) and other movies and shows. But he can't shake his love of Brigsby Bear Adventures, and is determined to finish the series' story.

It's a gentle homage to 1980s culture as well as a fairy tale about a boy who never grew up; easy to watch, easy to love.

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MovieStyle on 11/17/2017

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