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VODetails: ‘The Color Wheel’

VODetails: 'The Color Wheel'

More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “The Color Wheel,” a road trip comedy about two squabbling siblings — not a big screen adaptation of the television game show “Wheel of Fortune.”

Director: Alex Ross Perry

Cast: Alex Ross Perry, Carlen Altman, Bob Byington

Current Criticwire AverageB (out of 17 critics)

Official Synopsis: “‘The Color Wheel’ is the story of JR (Altman), an increasingly transient aspiring news-anchor, forcing her disappointing younger brother Colin (Perry) to embark on a road trip to move her belongings out of her professor-turned-lover’s apartment. Problem is these grown up kids do not get along and are both too obnoxious to know better. Chaos and calamity are not far behind her beat up Honda Accord. Too bad that nobody else in the world can stand either of them. Not Colin’s neglectful girlfriend, nor JR’s former high school friends, nor strangers they clash with at pretty much every step of their hopeless and increasingly infuriating voyage of frustration, failure and jerks. It can only be a matter of time before JR and Colin arrive at the strangest and most unsettling of resolutions and put to rest their decades of animosity, half-baked sibling rivalry and endless bickering. Resting uncomfortably somewhere between the solipsistic, unrepressed id of late Jerry Lewis, the confrontational pseudo-sexual self-loathing of Philip Roth and the black and white motels, diners and loners of Robert Frank’s America, ‘The Color Wheel’ is a familial comedy of disappointment and forgiveness.”



Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, MUBI:

“The cinema of the future, I hope.”

Dan SullivanFilm Comment:

“I don’t expect to see another film released this year that approaches the crux of the Human Condition Today as effectively.”

Eric KohnIndiewire:

“A sheer delight of sarcasm and uneasy wit.”

Christy Lemire, Associated Press:

“Won’t be for everyone, that’s for sure, but its daring is undeniable.”

Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix:

“Self-consciously coy indulgence.”

The Color Wheel” is now available on VOD, Amazon, and Vudu.

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