Paul Schneider, as anyone knows who has followed the 15-year career of this immensely appealing actor, can handle a surprising variety of roles -- from the somewhat overly fond best friend of the hero in Bright Star to the subtle character-driven comedy of Lars and the Real Girl to his couple of-seasons role on Parks and Recreation. Now, here is Schneider in a terrifically appealing leading-man perfor-mance in the "rebound" rom-com, GOODBYE TO ALL THAT, in which he plays a newly "released" husband, whose wife informs him -- via her therapist -- that their marriage is suddenly "off."
Celia Weston, below) is very funny and tart, and if this movie, written and directed (his first time at the latter) by Angus MacLachlan (shown at left), were as continuously good as that particular scene, this would be one hell of a film. As it is, it's still pretty good: always interesting, often quite funny, and with a lovely cast of characters brought to life by a fine array of actors. Schneider excels in the lead role -- bringing all of his ability to charm us, even as he appears a hunky dolt -- and he is surrounded by a cast of smart and attractive actresses who each bring something fun and unusual to the table, or as is often the case in this film, to the bed (or the hallway, chair or some other nearby vehicle for some nice sex).
Melanie Lynskey (below, right) who play his soon-to-be estranged wife. Between them stands the lovely Anna Camp (from Forgetting the Girl and True Blood) who plays a young woman Schneider meets at church, who dearly wants some raucous sex but feels terribly god-guilty afterwards.
Also on hand are Heather Graham (below, right), as the corporate woman par excellence; Ashley Hinshaw (shown at bottom, right) as a lady who wants only sex and no other connection (this confuses our hero mightily); and Heather Lawless, as an old friend from his campfire days, who, due to a reunion, resurfaces.
Audrey Scott, below, right) who looks and acts just a bit too old for the role, Edie is sweet and endearing, if not always entirely believable.
IFC Films and running a swift 86 minutes, opens this Friday, December 19, in New York City at the IFC Center, and perhaps elsewhere. In any case, it will simultaneously be available via VOD in most major markets.