Review: C’mon C’mon
Kids say the darnedest things. You’ll be talking to one and suddenly they’ll come up with something like, “Why are you alone?” or “Why aren’t you married?” And you’ll have to stop and think about it while they tee up another rude inquiry. Who are these little suckers?
Director Mike Mills (20th Century Women) offers some interesting answers to that question in his glowing new film C’mon C’mon. The movie begins by introducing us to a New York radio journalist named Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix). Johnny does not have a kid, but while he’s visiting his sister Viv (Gaby Hoffman) and her nine-year-old son, Jesse (Woody Norman), in Santa Monica, California, Viv is suddenly called to tend to her ex-husband, Jesse’s father Paul (Scoot McNairy), who’s in the midst of a harrowing bipolar episode up in Oakland. She asks Johnny if he could look after Jesse in her absence, and he says sure perhaps a little too quickly.
This might sound like a setup for a noisy comedy, but it’s not. The movie is really about the modern world as it’s experienced by children. It’s also about the architecture of families. And because of Johnny’s job, it’s a road-trip movie, too. Johnny’s current radio project involves traveling around the country with a production crew recording interviews with kids. (It’s probably already been done, but if not, some enterprising outlet should actually do a show like this, b
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