Momma’s Man
Directed by Azazel Jacobs
(Not Rated)

“It’s time to stop calling Azazel Jacobs a ‘promising’ filmmaker,” said V.A. Musetto in the New York Post. With his latest film, “Jacobs achieves the promise.” Momma’s Man was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for good reason: This poignant, lingering look at family and the nature of manhood penetrates deeper than stereotype. In telling the story of Mikey (Matt Boren), a 30-something dad who spends an overlong visit at his parents’ Manhattan loft, Jacobs keeps plot to a bare minimum, said Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. This allows the audience ample opportunity to simply study Mikey’s behavior and to draw detailed conclusions about this man’s need to dwell on the minutiae of his childhood. “It’s a key strength of this subtle, beguiling film that Mikey hasn’t been living a seemingly dysfunctional life” with his wife and kid, said Kevin Thomas in the Los Angeles Times. We don’t see a man-child trying to escape responsibility. Instead we see an everyday man attempting to contact his former self.