Dean is a comedy about grief – specifically, what to do with sorrow when you're still hurting and the people around you have moved on.
Martin excels in the title role, a Brooklyn cartoonist named Dean who's reeling from the death of his mother.
In the style of contemporaries like Eugene Mirman and Zach Galifianakis, Martin stretches the boundaries of the form into something resembling a form of Borscht Belt performance art, as if Laurie Anderson’s primary influences had been Steven Wright and Peter Sellers.
Demetri Martin, best known for the distinctive deadpan of his stand-up comedy, makes the transition into feature filmmaking as writer, director and star with just the right blend of humor and heartbreak.
He goes through the motions, but just under the surface his pain is palpable; his doodles continually show the Grim Reaper intruding on his everyday life.
His engineer father, Robert (a superb Kevin Kline), has decided to put the family home on the market, the better to move on from his own loss.
Dean’s widower father (Kevin Kline) isn’t quite having the same experience; he’s bereft, but this isn’t his first rodeo.
A retired engineer who sees grief as just another problem to solve, he’s launched himself into the productive busywork of his golden years, buying a new pair of jeans and trying to sell the house that suddenly feels five times too big.
Person" (2007), his Comedy Central show "Important Things with Demetri Martin" (2009-2010), his frequent appearances on "The Daily Show," and his time as a writer for "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (2003-04).
, the comedy written by, directed and starring Demetri Martin that just bowed at the Tribeca Film Festival and took the award for Best Narrative Feature.
The pic centers on Dean (Martin), a New York illustrator who falls hard for an L. woman (Jacobs) while trying to prevent his father (Kline) from selling the family home in the wake of his mother’s death.