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Selma Blair as Miranda (left) and Jordan Gelber as Abe (right) in Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse. (Courtesy of Jojo Whilden)
Selma Blair as Miranda (left) and Jordan Gelber as Abe (right) in Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse. (Courtesy of Jojo Whilden)

Review

Dark Horse: A comedy that simply isn't funny Add to ...

  • Country USA
  • Language English

Directed by Todd Solondz (USA)

Billed as an “intimate dark comedy,” Dark Horse, by director Todd ( Life During Wartime) Solondz simply isn't funny. Jordan Gelber is a schmoe of a man-child, Abe, still living in his childhood bedroom and taken to hallucinations involving a romantic interest (a drippy, diseased Selma Blair), his loveless parents (Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow) and others. Things don't go at all well for the Gelber's maladjusted Abe, who sees himself as a dark horse but is nothing of the sort – he's unlikable, just as most of the characters in a downbeat film that comes off as a poor man's The Serious Man.

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