After his engagement suddenly ends, Joshy and a few of his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party in Ojai, California. In their attempt to help Joshy deal with the recent turn of events, the guys turn the getaway info a raucous weekend filled with drugs, booze debauchery, and hot tubs.
What We Thought:
I was disappointed in Joshy. I heard a lot of good things, but it just wasn’t the comedy I was expecting. It felt more like a Mumblecore film from the Duplass Brothers from 5+ years ago than the raunchy comedy I thought it would be.
It has its moments and I it’s not terrible, but with the cast it has, I wanted more from it. I don’t watch Sillicon Valley, but I know Thomas Middleditch from other things. I like him. I’ve liked Adam Pally in many things. Nick Kroll is usually good. Same for Jenny Slate. Brett Gelman is always good in a supporting role. For some reason, the film didn’t consistently make me laugh.
There are parts that are good. I liked the scenes with Pally and Slate. There “will they/won’t they” back and forth was cute, funny and believable. Kroll and Gelman’s friendship was good as well. Middleditch as the down on his luck guy is easy casting, but I just don’t know what the movie was missing.
Maybe it’s because the film is more serious than I thought it would be. Middleditch is going through a broken engagement and that’s why everyone gets to together. Instead of a Bachelor Party, it’s more a get together to cheer him up. But there’s too much other drama. Alex Ross Perry’s character is a Debbie Downer who only wants to play some table top game that no one else is in to. Plus he goes through a break up. Everyone had issues, I think all of it was too much.
The film looks good on Blu-ray though. It’s your standard HD film of today with clear coloring and picture. Audio has easy to hear dialogue and score. The bonus feature is an audio commentary.
I can see a lot of people liking Joshy, but I don’t know if I’d ever watch it again. Middleditch shows he can be leading man material, at least in comedies or rom-coms. But with a cast of funny people, I wanted more comedy.
- Audio commentary with director/writer Jeff Baena, producer/actor Adam Pally and actor Thomas Middleditch
Cast & Crew:
- Thomas Middleditch
- Adam Pally
- Alex Ross Perry
- Nick Kroll
- Brett Gelman
- Jenny Slate
- Lauren Graham
Recommended If You Like:
- Search Party
- Sillicon Valley
- Adult Beginners