Media For Lunch: Gregory Go Boom

Michael Cera in Gregory Go Boom

Though it’s very hipsterish, Gregory Go Boom probably features Michael Cera’s greatest acting performance. He plays a clueless, wheelchair-bound paraplegic who looks for love by going on very awkward blind dates. The women he meets have no idea he’s in a wheelchair until they arrive. After he hooks up with one of his dates, her violent ex-boyfriend turns up, and the story goes from bleak to pitch-black despair.

The film was written and directed by Janicza Bravo, winning him Sundance’s top prize for short films.Gregory Go Boom is unique for a short of its type because it was featured on YouTube Comedy Week, as dark as any recent dark comedy we’ve seen, before it headed for the festival circuit. It’s certainly not what you’d expect from someone like Michael Cera, Gregory Go Boom is sad and depressing, and it’s even hard to laugh because you know it’s at the expense of some miserable guy who’s stuck in a wheelchair. I like that it takes risks, and actually enjoy the short as a whole, but be prepared because it’s definitely not for everyone.

– Myrna E. Duarte

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