There’s this place called Gorilla Food in Vancouver, but the menu’s all weird because there’s stuff on there I had no idea gorillas ate, like sandwiches with alfalfa sprouts and smoothies with cocoa in them. And I got one of these smoothies with cocoa in them, and I was all like ‘Tum-ti-tum, here we go, let’s try this drink’, and I took a sip and was suddenly all ‘Shut the fuck up’ down at my straw, I couldn’t believe how good the stuff coming out of it was. I looked over at the guy working the counter and went ‘Why did no one tell me about this fucking smoothie before? COME ON!’, and then we wrestled bare-chested in a ring lined with stacked-up cartons of hemp milk. What a day.
Writer, director and star Lake Bell is a Gorilla Food cocoa smoothie. Avoiding a common problem for comedies, this gets funnier and charmingerier as it goes along, rather than blowing its load early on and letting it all go with a flabbier second act. So maybe there’s no part which makes for a chair-rocking, explosive laugh, but I was just smiling like a cunt from about twenty minutes in through to the finish. The tumbly-words writing and performing style is nicely done, the characters seem like credible, flawed people, and the relationships between them all keep it funny and warm.
She lives with her dad, they both do voice work, he’s big in movie trailers (‘In a world…’, yeah?), she gets thrown out so his younger partner can move in, she goes to her sister’s, oh fuck this, just buy ‘Sight and Sound’, they always do full synopses before their reviews, it’s not like I’m getting paid or read by more than twenty people, maybe forty if I do a facebook link for it around 7.30pm on a weekday, that seems to get the most traffic, got to see these numbers go up, maybe I should click that ‘Publicize’ button on WordPress, but that seems like cheating, and I don’t even know what it even does, I’ll just rely on people accidentally finding it by typing in tangentially relevant porn terms into search engines. This film’s lovely, and Lake Bell’s fabulous.
Later on that day, I was delighted to find G had watched and enjoyed it too, and she pointed out the dad was that one who was also in ‘A Serious Man’, which I’m glad she did because I was wondering where I’d seen him. I include this because a guide to blogging I once saw gave the advice that readers like getting little insights into the writer’s life. I wasn’t sure whether the thing about the smoothie would be enough of a hook, so I thought this additional trifle would seal the deal.