Dealin’ with Idiots works as a film because of how much of the material was obviously taken from personal experience. Some people are so strange in their behavior and attitudes that meeting them leaves any sane person in disbelief. This film is filled with characters inspire by these real-life lunatics we all encounter on a daily basis, like it or not.
Jeff Garlin directs this highly improvised comedy about the dysfunctional personality types infecting a children’s little league team. Hilariously enough, the children are hardly more than props in the film’s storyline. This is much more about the over-enthusiastic adults living vicariously through their child’s success on the baseball field. Nearly everyone takes the game far too seriously, counterbalanced by the laid-back comedian protagonist played by Garlin himself.
Garlin seems to have learned a great deal from his time on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” because Dealin’ with Idiots has Larry David’s style of uncomfortable humor which is completely dependent upon the nuances of social norms and how they are blatantly ignored by some. Each of the ensemble actors bring their own unique style to their improvised character dialogue, and all are unbelievably absurd personality types which somehow still manage to come off as convincing. Bob Odenkirk is particularly memorable as the team coach, who works a job as a copy store manager as his day job. Fred Willard is also predictably good, though he simply seems to rehash a variation on his many roles in Christopher Guest films. The film also co-stars Gina Gershon, Timothy Olyphant, Nia Vardalos and Jami Gertz.
The DVD special features only include a trailer.
Entertainment Value: 8/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 5/10
Historical Significance: 4/10
Disc Features: 1/10