Michelle reviews a little known feature called Space Station 76.
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The film is billed as a “black dramedy” and the tone oscillates between overwrought drama and absolutely pitch black humor. The entire movie takes place in the space station which is overseen by Captain Glenn (Patrick Wilson), a gruff alcoholic with impressive mutton-chops who is barely keeping the ship together after the abrupt departure of his co-pilot. He gets a new female recruit named Jessica (Liv Tyler) and we follow her interactions with the rest of the dysfunctional inhabitants of the station.
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Black comedy is hard to do well, and Space Station 76 might go over the heads of some audience members. It’s not because it’s particularly clever, although it is well-written, it’s that whomever watches this movie has to be intimately familiar with a somewhat obscure genre of films to get all of the jokes. If you are in on what is going on, it’s hilarious, but if you don’t understand the references then the humor will seem tedious and out of place. This also applies to the melodramatic parts of the story too as old 1970’s space operas were full of that type of thing. Everything in this film is done dead pan and serious but with tongue firmly planted in cheek. The humor is also mean-spirited at times which might turn some people off. This type of humor isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
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