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About the Movie
Directed by Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Dan Mirvish from a long-lost script by Oscar/Pulitzer-winner Jules Feiffer (Mike Nichols’ CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, Robert Altman’s POPEYE), BERNARD AND HUEY is the story of roguish Huey (David Koechner) and nebbishy Bernard (Oscar-winner Jim Rash), who are unlikely friends in late 1980s New York. Years later, a bedraggled Huey crashes at Bernard’s upscale bachelor pad. As the two reconnect, Bernard starts a relationship with Huey’s estranged daughter Zelda (Mae Whitman), an aspiring graphic novelist. Huey slowly gets his mojo back and tries to seduce various women in Bernard’s life, while reconnecting with his family. As the two friends return to their old ways, at least one of them finds himself in danger of marrying a woman old enough to be his wife. An award-winning film that screened at over 30 festivals in 5 continents, BERNARD AND HUEY is a particularly timely story of two men behaving badly, and the strong women who rein them in.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 16
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Devoted Feifferites, not to mention fans of Mr. Rash and Mr. Koechner, who get to flex their muscles nicely here, will be well sated.
Rotten: Like its developmentally-arrested, misbehaving man-children, the long-shelved source material hasn't aged particularly well.
Fresh: Feiffer's distinctive writing resonates even decades later.
Fresh: As you might hope for a film with a script from the great Jules Feiffer, Dan Mirvish's Bernard and Huey bristles with anxious, circuitous, hilarious talk.
So bad I feel asleep watching it
Who comes up with these horrible film ideas and who are the critics who “like” them. Just terrible!
This movie was awful. I was excited to watch this movie and thought it was going to be a hit, but the movie was all over the place and wasn't much more than people talking about relationships. It's also full of bad words which would have caused this movie to be rated "R" under normal circumstances. They use bad words to the point where it just becomes plain irritating. I really tried to like this movie but there wasn't anything good about it.
Great cast and direction.
This is something of a time capsule movie; an unproduced script from 1970s by Jules Feiffer that was discovered in 2014 and whose setting was updated to the present day. It feels like the spiritual cousin to Carnal Knowledge (same writer, so it makes sense), as you float between two friends in their youth and twenty-five years later as they bring the worst and best out of each other, but mainly worst.
The dialogue is whip sharp and somehow doesn't feel dated. Dan Mirvish has directed a lot of dramatic films that are reliant on camera action to keep the viewer involved and this is no exception. There is a spark to the cinematography that keeps the camera moving as quickly as the conversations on screen. The flashbacks of the young Bernard and Huey look grainy as if they had been shot in the 1970s on 16mm, while the present-day scenes look like crisp, clean HD.
Most importantly, the actors are spot on. Jake O'Connor and Jay Renshaw poke and prod one another in a way that makes the banter feel funny but authentic, while the older (sorry) versions, David Koechner and Jim Rash seem to double down on their characters' flaws for the viewers' enjoyment. The supporting cast does a great job, but this is the Bernard and Huey show, and you never dive too deeply into anyone else's backstory.
Overall, there are a lot of laugh out loud moments, and at 90 minutes it unfolds at brisk pace that makes for a fun viewing.