Visual humor is a rarity in films these days, so writer-director-actor Scott Prendergast brings welcome qualities to the cinematic landscape. Working in the tradition of Chaplin, Keaton, Tati or the Woody Allen of "Sleeper," Prendergast makes a striking debut with "Kabluey." The film is an ambitious mix of slapstick, black comedy and stinging social commentary.
Lisa Kudrow's excellent star turn certainly will add to the film's appeal, but the picture might turn out to have more value as a calling card for Prendergast than as a bona fide boxoffice success in its own right. Still, it seems like a possible cult favorite, either in theaters or on DVD.
The film is one of the few to address the Iraq War, even though the subject is handled indirectly. Leslie's (Kudrow) husband is on a long deployment as a member of the National Guard, and she's struggling to raise two obstreperous young sons while holding down a job. Desperate for help, she turns to her unemployed brother-in-law, Salman (Prendergast), whose only asset is his availability.
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