Passenger Side (15)

Starring: Adam Scott, Joel Bissonnette, Vitta Quinn
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This won't do, I'm afraid. Matthew Bissonnette's cooler-then-thou indie begins intriguingly as two Canadian brothers take an impromptu road trip around their adoptive Los Angeles.

Michael (Adam Scott) is a failed writer, Tobey (Joel Bissonnette) a recovering junkie, and together they bicker and banter through the day's drive, making various unsatisfactory stops along the way. Lethargy becomes the keynote mood. Accompanied by a grungy 1990s soundtrack, the film is long on cryptic exchanges, short on revelation, and shorter still on comic spark. Last year's Easier with Practice did this brothers-on-the-road schtick so much better.