Written and directed by Jeff Baena, Joshy is a dark comedy about a man named Joshy whose engagement abruptly ends through no fault of his own. Granted, he doesn’t take it too well so his close friends decide to use the house in Ojai they rented for his bachelor party and make the best of it.

The main character Joshy, played by Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), is a sweet and geeky guy who’s had a bad few months. His engagement to Rachel (Alison Brie) ends out of nowhere and on top of dealing with his feelings about it he also has to deal with her parents (played by Lisa Edelstein and Paul Reiser).


After a few months of not hearing much from him and having never canceled the bachelor weekend, Joshy’s friend Ari (Adam Pally) rounds up the only other two friends still available for the trip the Ojai.

Once they get there, it’s clear that each guy has a lot going on in their lives as well. Ari, a married man, instantly has a connection with Jodi (Jenny Slate) at the local bar they visit and tries to pursue an interesting relationship. Adam (Alex Ross Perry), who would rather play board games than get drunk and do coke like the others, spends the weekend on the phone  trying to convince his girlfriend not to break up with him. Eric (Nick Kroll), who is encouraging the drug use and hooker employment, invites a crazier friend Greg (Brett Gelman) with his own slew of issues.

Throughout the weekend Joshy tries to find the best way to deal with his grief while also helping each of his friends come to realizations in their own lives. Does Ari want to be married? Will Adam see that his girlfriend doesn’t care about him? Are Eric and Greg really this crazy?

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Joshy is forced to confront issues leftover from the end of his relationship and has his friends there to support him and vice versa. The themes of love and loss are universal without being cheesy or cliché. Another plus, the actors play deeper and more complex versions of characters we’re used to seeing them as, including Slate and Gelman.

The special feature for this Blu-Ray is hilarious audio commentary by Baena, Middleditch and Pally who also served as producer.

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