When life hands you lemons, sometimes you’re just shit outta of luck. In a nutshell, that’s the premise of Janicza Bravo’s new film, Lemon, the story of Isaac Lachmann, a dud of a man who’s found himself on the wrong side of 40 without much of a past, present or future to show for it.
Eclipsed by mediocrity, Lachmann, played by Comedy Central mainstay and the film’s co-writer Brett Gelman, is dumped by his longtime girlfriend, stuck in a dead-end job, and burdened by an overbearing family. Fresh out of options, Lachmann sets out to finally try to turn his lemon of a life into something a little sweeter.
In this MERRY JANE exclusive first look, we find Lachmann attempting to make some new friends through an ill-advised smoke session in which he attempts whitesplain American poverty and crime statisctis. If there’s one thing Gelman’s mid-life schmuck is good at, it's putting his foot in his mouth, and let’s just say a few drags off a blunt doesn't help our hapless anti-hero in the least.
There are plenty of laughs to be had, but Lachmann tends to play the punchline rather than a chuckling participant.
As Bravo posits in her artist statement about the film; “You’re supposed to be the hero of your own life, but what do you do if you aren’t born with the tools?”