It's an ironic title, because nobody is having a good time here.
This is about things starting to go wrong and just getting worse
from there. And nobody knows
what's going to happen next, either.
Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson) first presents us with a guy we
might like: he's obviously
concerned about his mentally-impaired brother, Nick (Bennie Safdie), who,
in the opening scene, is being given some sort of mental test, but it
feels more like harrassment. Connie
pulls Nick out of the counselor's office and takes him away, presumably to
some safe and caring and non-stressful environment.
But that's exactly what Bennie doesn't get.
Connie manages to get them both in trouble, then they're on the
run, but Nick is very ill-equipped for that, and manages to get captured.
Connie now turns his attention to “rescuing” Nick, except that
Connie doesn't seem to know how to stay out of trouble himself.
He tries to turn to a (former?) girlfriend, Corey (Jennifer Jason
Leigh), who's almost as marginalized herself.
Then there's the reluctant grandmother and the innocent teenager
and the clueless ex-con and the manic security guard, all ending up,
appropriately, in a house-of-horrors-type amusement park.
Creepy images abound, but despite all the jangled motion of the
hand-held cameras, we remain focused on this descent into the abyss of
Robert Pattinson delivers a mesmerizing performance as the
increasingly frustrated desperado. We
admire his resourcefulness at the same time as we're offput by his shallow
callousness, and breezy willingness to deceive and manipulate.
Bennie Safdie co-directs, with his brother Josh Safdie, also a
co-writer. It's a harrowing
tour on the seamy side of the urban desolation, which seems remarkably
devoid of any grace or redemption.