“Every girl needs a Colin.”
An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn is the latest film from writer/director Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler). My first thoughts when this film popped up on Netflix was “what the fuck is going on?”
But in a good way…
Set in a small American town in a version of the 1980’s, the film follows bored wife Lulu Danger (Aubrey Plaza) on an adventure to meet the eponymous Beverly. We are shown a photograph of the two characters together taken some years earlier, but few other details are given. All we know is, Lulu is obsessed with meeting Beverly and experiencing a ‘magical event’ at a local hotel.
The plot is very strange, and fits the surreal humour of the script perfectly. Some money is stolen, then stolen again from a “vegan” who sells wholefoods. The prejudice shown towards this one character is quite funny. No one is concerned with his race (Asian), only with his refusal to eat meat-based foods. It really shows how attitudes used to be, and made this child of the ’80’s smile. Lulu then goes on an adventure by holding Colin (the guy sent to recover the money, played by Jermaine Clement) at gunpoint in an absolutely ridiculous spoof of a hijacking that just about manages to leave the viewer wondering if she is actually going to pull the trigger.
The wonderful (should I say magical?) Aubrey Plaza is the star of this very bizarre show. The dialogue between her and Clement is absolute gold, and is enough to give the fim cult status (“every girl needs a Colin”). Lulu Danger is easily her best role since April Ludgate (in Parks and Recreation) and is a huge part of the film’s unique charm.
And then Matt Berry appears! He plays the mysterious Luff Linn’s manager/partner/would-be lover. He has his own British accent, rather than putting on an American one, which further adds to the surrealism.
As for the magical Beverly Luff Linn himself? All I can say about him is “Mmmm Hmmm!”
Seriously, if you have Netflix, watch this film tonight. It easliy stands alongside The Big Lebowski and Withnail and I as one of the weirdest, sweetest and watchable (if somewhat unexplainable) cult comedies I have ever had the pleasure of attempting to watch.
Watch now on Netflix