There are movies that come out of nowhere featuring impressive ensemble casts that boggle the mind. Why did they not get a wider release or even set the independent on fire? Usually that’s because the movie is horrible, but sometimes it ends up being one that studios just can’t figure it out and it gets lost in the shuffle. Small Apartments is one that falls into that category. It features an impressive cast including Matt Lucas, James Caan, Juno Temple, Johnny Knoxville, Dolph Lundgren, Rebel Wilson, James Marsden, DJ Qualls, Peter Stormare, Billy Crystal, and Rosie Perez, but does the movie deliver more than that?
Small Apartments follows a clumsy deadbeat who accidentally kills his landlord and must do everything he can to hide the body. But when distractions of lust, a family death, and a crew of misfits he is taken on a strange journey that will change his future forever. This is a really strange movie that surprisingly works very well. Matt Lucas is one of those actors that isn’t the stereotypical leading man, but in this strange world he fits perfectly. The story is pretty simple, but cleverly executed to create a bit of mystery and confusion throughout and brings this cast of weirdoes together. The cast here seems unlikely but manages to work really well together. There are some great moments here that make this film stand out as more than just a normal ensemble dark comedy and instead interesting trip into a strange world.
This is one of those movies that works really well if you get what they are trying to accomplish. It’s a pretty out there dark comedy, but thanks to the great cast and absurdity of the world they inhabit it works. If you enjoy strange unexpected films or anyone in the cast then you need to give Small Apartments a shot.