Jeff Lipsky’s raw and revealing new movie “Molly’s Theory Of Relativity,” is about how someone’s life can change on a dime. The real and unreal come together as his characters look for ways to get on with their lives and find out things about themselves they never fully realized.
Lipsky, best known for such films such as “My Dinner With Andre,” “My life As A Dog,” and “The Last Seduction,” assembles a solid cast for Molly, including amazing 10-year-old actor Nicholas Lampiasi as neighbor Chet.
The movie revolves around Molly, played by Sophia Takal. She’s a brilliant and beautiful twenty-eight-year-old astronomer. She has lived a careful, calculated life until she unexpectedly loses her job over a seemingly innocuous screw up involving benefit tickets.
Over an 18-hour period on Halloween, she considers making the first reckless decision of her life– moving to Norway. That leads to some major soul-searching. She to tries to figure out who she really is and realizes how much her parents have shaped her life.
But before that happens, she contends with her husband Zack (Lawrence Michael Levine), her father-in-law, Asher Bluefield (Reed Birney), her mother Natasha (Cady Huffman), three dead relatives, nine-year-old trick-or-treater Daisy(Ruby Judith Wheeler) and neighbor Chet.
Veteran-actress Rebecca Shull is also on board as Sylvie, as well as Tom Morrisey as Uncle Eli. Actor Adam LeFevre, who plays neighbor Boris Pasternak, delivers some of the best lines of the movie.
The story unfolds like a play in a small Queens apartment. Cardboard covers the windows facing the East River. Zack and Molly are visited by a procession of people, including Daisy who shows up dressed as Albert Einstein. She introduces are grandfather as Boris Pasternak.
During the visits, a lifetime of pent-up anger and personal animosity come to the surface. Zack, a two-time loser who works menial jobs, fights with his father. Asher fears death is near and wants Zack to be executor of his estate. Zack refuses.
Molly finds solace by consulting with an apparition of her dead mother, an artist who died in her 30s. Yet, through it all, Molly and Zack persevere. The movie is an unvarnished look at their lives, including the times they spend naked together.
Film-vet Lipsky serves up an intensely, compelling comedy with a singular point of view, while showing great talent and voice; this may not be a mainstream hit, but the film is right up there with some of Woody Allen’s best.