26 Movie The Sword of Trust

Confederacy of dunces: Jon Bass, Marc Maron, Michaela Watkins, and Jillian Bell

Comedy, rated R, 88 minutes, Center for Contemporary Arts, 3 chiles

There’s an aerial quality to Lynn Shelton’s quirky, lively comedy, as her characters seem to fly through the air with the greatest of ease, working without a net.

The net of that metaphor would be the script, if there were one. But as they negotiate this story of conspiracy looniness set in motion by an inherited Civil War-era sword, Shelton’s actors are winging it, improvising to the story structure laid down by her and co-writer Mike O’Brien.


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