I’m a big fan of Jay Baruchel from the underrated, sorely missed TV show UNDECLARED (he was also part of Seth Rogen’s posse in KNOCKED UP) and as the title character he plays the same kind of instantly likable, semi-nerdy guy. Baruchel’s got a great sense of comic timing and delivery and even though Reed Fish may make some less-than-intelligent decisions during the movie, it’s hard not to root for the guy based on the actor alone. There’s also a nice supporting cast populating the rest of Mud Meadows, including Alexis Bledel (Glimore Girls), Schuyler Fisk (ORANGE COUNTY), Katey Segal (Married With Children) and Chris Parnell. All the characters are realistically conceived and relatable throughout, without any clear cut heroes and villains—just average, everyday people.
The story of I’M REED FISH isn’t really anything new (guy growing up in a small town, torn between two girls), but there is a fairly clever twist and a great WTF?! moment that pops up unexpectedly and skews the rest of the movie. I won’t give it away, but it did make me sit up and pay attention to everything that followed. The script, written by the real Reed Fish, also becomes a little foolproof, with things like pacing issues, cheesy dialogue and moments of made-for-TV drama creatively explained.
It’s not a movie that I would recommend proactively seeking out immediately, but if you’re looking for a low key yet enjoyable indie film, you might want to look up REED FISH.
Extra Tidbit: I took a class with Schuyler Fisk at college. Who wants to touch me?