The Paranoids – Movie review
A loser with a successful friend discovers his luck might change as long as he doesn’t mind betraying his buddy in this edgy comedy from Argentina. Luciano (Daniel Hendler) is a neurotic and accident-prone children’s entertainer who is struggling to launch a career as a screenwriter when he’s not fretting about his health.
The Paranoids is being described as fresh and off beat. I think it’s more kind of weird. The story is of an attractive young man who is entertaining at children’s parties and wants to write a screenplay, (he’s an aspiring screen writer). He’s basically kind of afraid of everything in his life, and keeps falling asleep which he thinks is a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease. As a psychologist I would view what he has as depression. Meanwhile, his childhood friend has written a TV show that’s called The Paranoids which actually stars his character and so everybody sort of keeps thinking that they’ve met him before and the poor kid doesn’t even know that his friend has done this. I suppose the idea is that he’s being jolted into life. There really is nobody in the cast to like which is a problem. There’s nobody really to identify with. The women all seem to be vaguely slutty. The guys all seem to be off beat and/or manipulative, or just plain not very interesting. Sorry, one star.