Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Awful Nice

Year: 2013
Country: United States
Run Time: 93 minutes

Awful Nice
Awful Nice
Awful Nice
Awful Nice

Jim and Dave are just your typical dude-bros who engage in bouts of one-upmanship, differences of opinion about cleanliness, and full-on brawls at their father’s funeral. They’ve completely lost touch with each other – Jim is a college professor with a wife and family, while Dave lives off the grid in a wigwam. But when they each inherit half of their dad’s house in Missouri, it’s time for the brothers to pile into a car and drive cross-country to tie up loose ends on their childhood. If they don’t rip each other’s throats out first. The house becomes an allegory for their broken bond: shattered, moldy, and filled with Dave’s junk. But can they fix it in time to sell it, collect the money, and not kill each other? On the surface, AWFUL NICE is a slapstick comedy relying on the brilliant comedic performances of James Pumphrey, Alex Rennie, and Christopher Meloni as their father’s lawyer; but deep-down it’s a well-executed study of the things that can tie two people together—two people who seemingly have no qualms about punching each other in the face. —T.W.

CIFF38 Screenings

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 12:35 PM

American Independents Competition

Kamau Bilal

Todd Sklar

AWFUL NICE is a full-length version of Missouri filmmaker Todd Sklar's short "'92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card." Sklar's first feature "Box Elder" toured throughout the country, visiting college campuses and festivals.

"Box Elder" (2008), AWFUL NICE (2013)

Todd Sklar, Brock Williams, Maury Steinman, Steve Japan

Todd Sklar, Alex Rennie

Adam Ginsberg

Principal Cast
Alex Rennie, James Pumphrey, Christopher Meloni, Brett Gelman, Keeley Hazel

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