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Movie review: ‘You Might as Well Live’

By Jennifer West

Review at a glance: The quirky comedy “You Might as Well Live,” about a suicidal nobody out to prove he’s somebody, is one of the best in Sidewalk’s lineup this year.

You Might as Well Live

Greg Bryk, left, and Joshua Peace
star in “You Might as Well Live.”

Robert Mutt is a real somebody! Robert Mutt likes to talk about himself, or I should say, to himself, in the third person.

Wade on Birmingham - Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival“You Might as Well Live” is a brilliantly wacky comedy that follows Mutt after time in a mental institution for repeated suicide attempts.

The film, directed and co-written by Simon Ennis, screens Saturday at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.

Upon his return home, he is accused of possession of child pornography. It’s up to Mutt to prove that he’s a “real somebody” and not a “douche bag.”

Trying to raise the $25 needed for an air hockey table, he dabbles in drugs, organ smuggling and Judaism.

“You Might as Well Live” will be one of the best films you will see at Sidewalk this year.

Jennifer WestJennifer West (@juniperlou) won the Sidewalk Audience Choice award for her romantic comedy “Piece of Cake” in 2006, which she wrote and directed. She’s working on a feature-length screenplay and blogging about it on JuniperLou.

“You Might as Well Live” will screen at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Carver Theatre. Opening shorts are “Fuckin’ Old Bitch,” “Receive Bacon” and “Feeder.”

Video: Trailer for “You Might as Well Live”

Video: You need only three things to prove you’re somebody.


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