Will Forte is enjoying a well-deserved moment in the spotlight thanks to the recent premiere of The Last Man On Earth, a post-apocalyptic TV comedy that he created and in which he stars. With his ill-fated SNL spin-off MacGruber getting some belated appreciation (including on this site), it might be time to dig even deeper into the Forte archives to look for gems. Released, briefly, in 2007, the Forte-scripted The Brothers Solomon teamed Forte with Will Arnett, Chi McBride, and Kristen Wiig under the direction of Bob Odenkirk. But in spite of that killer lineup, the film received negative reviews and died at the box office. It’s not too hard to see why. It’s an odd, unevenly executed little comedy that is likely to annoy anyone not on its wavelength. But those who put in the effort will discover a sweet film that’s comfortable with its own oddness. Forte plays one half of a misfit brother duo, opposite Arnett, who spends most of the film trying to make good on the promise to make their comatose father (Lee Majors) a grandfather. Some of the gags don’t work, but those that do connect are inspired, and Arnett and Forte sell even the weaker moments with their oblivious enthusiasm. It was too weird for moviegoers in 2007, but maybe its time has come. The Brothers Solomon will air at 4:30 p.m. on Starz! Comedy.
March 03, 2015 Cable Pick Of The Day