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 history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.