Fine, Totally Fine

All proceeds of this special screening will benefit victims of earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Directed by Yosuke Fujita, this haphazardly romantic, deadpan 2008 comedy concerns two late-twentysomething brothers who fall for the same clumsy girl. One bro, a part-time park keeper, is entirely fixated on building the world's scariest haunted house. The other is a straitlaced hospital administrator, and no further character description is needed because the film digresses so far and frequently that its leads become supporting characters, plotlines mutate, and the only thing left to anchor it all is the pathos of growing older, learning from one's humiliations, and still retaining a heartfelt optimism for life. Outlandishly funny, the film's most surreal jokes linger long in the mind, such as the giant gum bubble that knocks a kid over, and the aforementioned klutz embarrassing a jumpy porn-buyer with her dreadful inability to open a box of tissues. (NR) AARON HILLIS

Sat., April 2, 4:30 p.m., 2011

 
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