Magazine article Screen International

Better Living through Chemistry

Magazine article Screen International

Better Living through Chemistry

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Dir/scrs: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier. US. 2014. 92mins

Better Living Through Chemistry gets some amusing moments from the always watchable Sam Rockwell and a good supporting cast but seems content to leave it at that. Probably too insubstantial for theatrical markets, this lightweight indie comedy may be better suited to smaller screens.

On their first produced project, writer-directors Geoff Moore and David Posamentier establish a light, quirky tone with moments of darkish and slightly raunchy comedy.

In the US, it gets a simultaneous cinema/VOD release through Samuel Goldwyn Films on March 14. Distributors that have picked up the film for other markets might benefit from a similar release strategy.

Rockwell (who had a modest hit last year with The Way, Way Back) plays Doug Varney, a mild mannered small town pharmacist with a domineering wife (Source Code's Michelle Monaghan), an unpleasant father-in-law (Ken Howard, from J Edgar) and a troubled pre-teen son. When Doug makes a delivery to gorgeous but unhappy trophy wife Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde, last seen in Her) the meeting sparks a drug-fuelled affair that shakes up and nearly destroys his world.

On their first produced project, writer-directors Geoff Moore and David Posamentier establish a light, quirky tone with moments of darkish and slightly raunchy comedy. …

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