Comedy writer-director Chris Kelly draws from his own life experience for his debut feature film, OTHER PEOPLE, a heartbreaking, often hilarious look at one young man's year-long journey from agony to acceptance.
In this tragicomedy, 29-year-old comedy writer David must leave his New York City lifestyle for Sacramento to see his mother Joanne (Molly Shannon) and, to his disappointment, the rest of his conservative, religious family. David is possibly in the midst of the worst year of his life: He just broke up with his boyfriend of five years, his writing career isn't panning out, and Joanne—his everything—has cancer. David's love for his mother leaves very little room to engage with his sisters, and he struggles to connect with his emotionally distant dad, who still can't bring himself to accept David's homosexuality, leaving David to feel like a stranger in his own childhood home. OTHER PEOPLE thrives in dealing with the topics of death, family, and sexuality with humor and heart, with Shannon's fierce and touching performance at its center.
Peppered with a variety of sometimes zany, sometimes awesome supporting characters, and making us laugh exactly when we feel like the emotion is just too much, OTHER PEOPLE packs in a tidal wave of pain, love, loss, and hilarity that anybody who's nursed a loved one through cancer will instinctively recognize.