With his ever-glistening wide eyes and perpetual child's voice, Matthew Lillard is perfect as Herman Spooner, a 30-year-old used car salesman still living with his parents. But after meeting the beautiful Rose (Nora Zehetner), Spooner forces himself to grow up. Known for supporting roles in such teen slashers and comedies as Scream and She's All That, Lillard delivers his best performance here. To top it off, this is arguably the most charming dramatic feature in the festival. Spooner moves with confidence and grace rare for films of its small scale. It's a humorous, bittersweet tale that cuts deep, striking the mind as well as the heart. 84 minutes.
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