Indie Gems: The Living Wake

On this final day...

Today is the day that K. Roth Binew (Mike O'Connell) will die. He's a self proclaimed artist and genius and he goes about his day handing out invitations to his "living wake" where he will put on a show, then drop dead. He enlists his trusty friend Mills (Jesse Eisenberg) to drive him around on his bike/buggy to hand out said invitations, and they go about their peculiar day.

O'Connell and Eisenberg have great chemistry and were a joy to see on screen together. I wouldn't call A Living Wake "laugh out loud" funny, it was almost like watching an animated movie. It was very amusing throughout. It reminds me a lot of Safety Not Guaranteed when it comes to the ending. You go through the entire film wondering if they will actually "go there" or not.

If you are an Eisenberg fan, I suggest you check this one out. It's a good lazy afternoon film. Currently, it is streaming on Netflix Instant.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "I need to drink to bring myself down to the level of the common man." - K. Roth Binew (Mike O'Connell)


  1. This sounds like a fun movie. Maybe I'll catch it while it's on instant play.


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