Momma's Man
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A grown man locked into an extended state of arrested adolescence returns to the nest while concocting a series of excuses as to why he cannot return to his wife and child in this existential comedy drama from filmmaker Azazel Jacobs. Mikey was preparing to board an airplane bound for California when he suddenly found himself fleeing from the airport and returning to the comfort of his parents' New York home. Even Mikey isn't sure exactly why he made the snap decision not to go home, all he knows is that he can't quite muster the courage to go back and assume the responsibilities… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"This simple but assured indie drama about the safety of childhood and the necessity of leaving it is particularly affecting because writer-director Azazel Jacobs draws so heavily on his own life."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It works from a specific place and lets audiences relate to that place, and the people in it, like trusted intimates."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Jacobs' minimalist approach demands acting of extraordinary sensitivity, which he gets from his cast, particularly from Matt Boren in the lead role."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"This is one of the most tiresome recent examples of American independent cinema."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Slyly funny and genuinely original, Momma's Man represents that rarest of things, a truly independent American movie."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Awkward pauses and gestures and moments of self-examination give it a rich texture. It's a lovely work, sad and funny. A melancomedy, if you will."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"On the surface, it's a straightforward low-budget tale about a grown man who visits his parents and refuses to leave. Yet deeper, darker currents move through Momma's Man, eddying around fears of letting go on both sides of the generational divide."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Jacobs's low-fi third feature forges unique stylistic territory for the American independent film."
‑ Rob Nelson, indieWIRE
"It's a quiet film, with its own measured pace, but it has more painfully astute observations than most comedies with 10 times the budget."
‑ Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday
"This enjoyable lo-fi indie pictures an extreme example of a failure to sever the apron strings."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"The main character in Momma's Man shuffles through life like he's been poleaxed, and you may feel the same after you watch this slow-motion indie exercise about a grown-up who returns home and can't leave."
‑ , San Francisco Chronicle
"... insightful and involving..."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The film is decidedly low-key. As such movies go, it's enjoyable, though you might find yourself wishing Mikey would just pull himself together."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"Azazel Jacobs' film is an enjoyably idiosyncratic tribute to his own eccentric family, and it adopts a fascinatingly novel approach to the strange anxieties of thirtysomething men."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"It's a beguiling premise, and one writer-director Azazel Jacobs explores with skill, tenderness, and prodding wit."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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