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The Mimic

USA 2020
produced by
Benjamin Cox, Stephen R Foreht (executive), Paul Jarrett (executive) for Red Square Pictures
directed by Thomas F. Mazziotti
starring Thomas Sadoski, Jake Robinson, Austin Pendleton, Gina Gershon, Marilu Henner, Tammy Blanchard, Didi Conn, Josh Pais, M. Emmet Walsh, Jessica Walter, Doug Plaut, Matthew Maher, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Teddy Coluca, Steve Routman, Vanna Pilgrim
written by Thomas F. Mazziotti, music by Mitch Davis

review by
Mike Haberfelner

The Kid (Jake Robinson) claims to just trying to be friends with the Narrator (Thomas Sadoski) - which the latter finds rather disturbing, as in his opinion there's no basis for their friendship, as they share no interests, and the Narrator would even go so far and say the Kid has no interests, has no actual traits even, is just mimicing the Narrator to worm into his life - in other words, he takes him for a sociopath. That said, he also can't get rid of the Kid as he pops up seemingly everywhere the Narrator might go - so the Narrator tries another technique, to try to prove to the Kid that he actually is a sociopath. And atmittedly, being a writer, the Narrator also becomes somewhat intrigued by the Kid, as a blueprint for a character in his book. However, trying to figure the Kid gets increasingly dangerous, so much so that it ends them both in hospital after a car accident intentionally caused by the Kid. And it's there that the Narrator becomes somewhat infatuated by the Kid's wife - though it's less than certain whether the infatuation is genuine or just part of his plan to reveal the Kid as a sociopath ...

Veteran actor M. Emmet Walsh makes a brief appearance as the film's director, arguing with the writer (Doug Plaut) on how to proceed, Gina Gershon plays a woman the Kid tries to sweet-talk - for not exactly the reason she expects him to.


One can't but love this movie for its premise already, as it takes a basic storyline that's pretty much horror staple and turns it into a light-footed comedy instead - and finding plenty to laugh in standard situations along the way, too. And the idea really works out, thanks to a clever script peppered with witty dialogue, a direction that doesn't veer off towards the moronic but keeps things grounded, and performances that are fittingly slightly off without ever leaning towards broad humour - all of which is making this a rather enjoyable comedy for sure.


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