Dealing With Idiots
Dealing With Idiots (2013)

A hilarious satire about the culture surrounding youth baseball leagues in Los Angeles, this fully improvised film also features a who's who of notable comedians and actors including Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman), Fred Willard… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 17, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

"Dealin' With Idiots," a sort of "Waiting for Guffman" for Little League, isn't a great movie, but it's a heck of a lot better than its title.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

The movie was largely improvised, which lends itself more to scenes than a feature-length film.

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Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

Garlin's second feature is consistently sweet, funny and smart. Keep it up.

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Justin Chang

[A] flat, aimless comedy skewering the parents of junior baseball players.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

There are a few inspired moments, but Garlin goes for easy laughs, and the actors' broad improvisations often fall flat.

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Brian Orndorf

To fully appreciate Dealin' with Idiots, the viewer must have some working knowledge of its writer/director/star Jeff Garlin. Or perhaps patience is a more accurate description.

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Eric Kohn

Garlin's ultra-restrained approach suggests that attempting hilarity is sometimes a veiled defense mechanism.

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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times

This isn't actually a movie about kiddie sports - it's a movie about Garlin interviewing the other parents and players to see if there's an interesting movie to be made at all. Answer: There isn't.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Much of Dealin' with Idiots feels improvised, which is okay when the actors are fully on their game. But here, perhaps the heat of the day and location or insufficiently precise direction have resulted in an awful lot of dead screen time.

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