Momma's Man: Preview 2008

Written and directed by Azazel Jacobs, “Momma's Man” was shown in a world premiere at the Spectrum Section of the 2008 Sundance Film Fest

What if novelist Thomas Wolfe was wrong, and you can go home again And what if you then decided to stay Humorous and poignant, “Momma's Man” is writer-director Azazel Jacobs (“The Goodtimeskid”) tale of a grown man drawn back to the nest.

After a holiday visit with his parents, Mikey is headed to the airport to return to his wife and baby. Except he doesn't board the plane. Instead, he returns to his parents' loft in lower Manhattan, back to his childhood room.

Unsure of his own motivations, he makes up excuses about why he is staying; his flight is delayed, his flight is cancelled. After a few days, he calls home and work to say he can't return just yet.

His doting mother is happy to enable his procrastination, while his artist father is suspicious. From afar, his confused wife grows increasingly unsettled. Meanwhile Mikey settles in, digging out notebooks and mementos, calling on old friends. As the days go on he becomes more and more entrenched in his adolescent sanctuary, and soon must choose between life as it is and life as it was.

Jacobs refracts this universal story through a deeply personal lens, casting his own parents– artist Flo Jacobs and legendary avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs–and deftly shooting in the same catacombed apartment where he grew up.

A humane account of the frailty of the human spirit, “Momma's Man” shows how the strength that people get from their families can also be a tether.

The movie also played at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

Runing time: 94 mins.

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