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  • Summary: Inept Salman comes to help his sister-in-law tend to her homicidal toddlers while Salman's brother is off fighting in Iraq. Salman must take a humiliating job as a giant blue corporate mascot to help make ends meet and hold the family together. Packed with a parade of delightful comedyInept Salman comes to help his sister-in-law tend to her homicidal toddlers while Salman's brother is off fighting in Iraq. Salman must take a humiliating job as a giant blue corporate mascot to help make ends meet and hold the family together. Packed with a parade of delightful comedy character actors, Kabluey is a hilarious, unique, and heartfelt comedy. (Regent Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. The film's distance from factual reality oddly enhances its bleak underlying vision. It portrays a demoralized American work force fearfully going through the motions of life while waiting without much hope for things to get better.
  2. 75
    Groundlings alumnus Prendergast's dark comedy, drawn from on his own family experiences, is firmly rooted in messy, selfish, often-unappealing human behavior rather than self-referential irony and juvenile goofiness.
  3. 75
    While the film's social-satire elements are flat and overly familiar, its dry absurdity is unmistakably Lynchian.
  4. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    70
    Catches the nation's mood of economic anxiety and workplace exploitation more pungently than anything else in theaters.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    70
    The film is an ambitious mix of slapstick, black comedy and stinging social commentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    30
    Quirky and undisturbed, unaffected and unaffecting.

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  1. SueB.
    Jul 4, 2008
    10
    Great movie, not to be missed! One of my favorites of all time!
  2. CharlieB
    Jul 4, 2008
    9
    I saw this film at the Waterfront Film Festival, and I can say that I can't remember the last movie that made me laugh so hard.
  3. MarkC.
    Jul 9, 2008
    9
    Prendergast's triumph in KABLUEY is that his chief character, Salman, yet another young lost soul (i.e., slacker, Prendergast's triumph in KABLUEY is that his chief character, Salman, yet another young lost soul (i.e., slacker, boy-in-man's-clothing, etc.) is 1. clearly aware that he's lost, 2. clearly knows the difference between social rights and social wrongs, and 3. when push comes to shove, is capable of acting to defend those whose moral compass is not as strong as his. That's Prendergast the screenwriter. Prendergast the director has an incredible eye for visual images that convey and amplify Salman's condition in a very absurdist -- and funny -- manner. I'm reminded of the early work of Buster Keaton, where absurdity and Keaton's world-weary look managed to connect inner pain to laugh-out-loud crazy situations. This is a BIG small film. Expand
  4. CharlesP.
    Jul 26, 2008
    8
    Very funy - will no doubt develop a cult following on dvd. Lisa Kudrow and Conchata Ferrell are both excellent! Quirky, charming and sincere film!
  5. JayH.
    Sep 6, 2008
    7
    A bit too quirky, especially the first half. Scott Prendergast is terrific, but it's Conchata Ferrell that steals the show. Stylishly A bit too quirky, especially the first half. Scott Prendergast is terrific, but it's Conchata Ferrell that steals the show. Stylishly directed, well written. Expand

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