The up-and-coming Duplass brothers, who have written and directed films like the hit black comedy Cyrus
last summer, are at it again with a new movie entitled Pitchfork
. In a review of the film plot, published on Monday, Pitchfork Media, the well-known music-criticism website, has given the film a 6.8 out of 10 rating. According to the review, while the Duplass brothers have been taking the indie film scene by storm as of late, "the mother-son theme is a little played out already." Also, the choice of Jonah Hill as the leading actor is "sooooo obvious."
The film's plot follows the mother of an indie rocker who, after her son is killed in a car accident, seeks retribution from a snarky online blogger who had written scathing stories about her son. When she finds out the blogger is just a teenager, everything changes. The review on Pitchfork took offense to the idea of snarkiness being an attribute of the website, claiming that, "we just happen to like what's good."
Overall though, the lukewarm review agrees that the film "shows promise". The preoccupation of family relationships, specifically between mothers and grown children, in Mark and Jay Duplass' films is a relatable theme. The brothers are moving between mumblecore and mainstream with ease, and while they should be applauded for that accomplishment, the review on Pitchfork Media disagrees: "They've sold out," the review says bluntly, "While the subject matter is an original one, the means by which they're producing it has been done before."
[But seriously, Pitchfork might actually be a movie according to the LA Times.