A sort of distaff “High Fidelity,” Megan Griffiths’ slow-burn character comedy set in the Seattle music scene holds unexpected charms. Toni Collette (bright, brittle) plays an alt-rock journalist named Ellie Klug, whose magazine job is on the line unless she can find a long-disappeared rock musician who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Her sidekick on the search is a rich, amateur documentarian, played by Thomas Haden Church with goofy élan and invention. Banter bobbles and charm shy of quirk bubbles under. With Oliver Platt as Ellie’s editor, Ryan Eggold and a handful of small, satisfying cameos. 96m. (Ray Pride)
“Lucky Them” opens Friday, June 13 for two weeks at Siskel.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published soon. Previews of the project are on Twitter and on Instagram as Ghost Signs Chicago. More photography on Instagram.