Variety Review: ‘The Year of Spectacular Men’


The “spectacular” in Lea Thompson’s “The Year of Spectacular Men” is meant to be taken with a grain of salt — or rather, several shots of tequila, which is how Izzy Klein (Thompson’s daughter Madelyn Deutch, who also wrote the script) winds up tumbling into bed with dudes who don’t respect her. In an opening montage, the guys (Jesse Bradford, Brandon T. Jackson, Cameron Monaghan, Zach Roerig, and Nicholas Braun) tell us who she is: insecure, neurotic, depressive, and “sexy in a goofy Special Olympics way.” They’re jerks.

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