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Finders Keepers

2015

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  • Carberry and Tweel lurch clumsily between screwball humor and recollections of personal tragedy set to maudlin music, as Wood and Whisnant open up about cold fathers their struggles with addiction. It's a wild yarn, but that's all Finders Keepers aspires to be; its gestures toward any statements about class and micro-celebrity are fleeting and half-hearted.

  • Though the film does rely a little too much on talking head confessionals from the Wood and Whisnant families, the indelible characters and their surrounding story are unexpectedly textured as Wood’s foot takes on a bevy of conceits... Carberry and Tweel do a capable job of riding the film’s tonal swings, often laughing with their characters but rarely at them.

  • While the tale is surely humorous, and there’s a nice flow to the pacing of its presentation here, Carberry and Tweel cannot go without criticism for the film’s inherent classism and exploitation of those lacking a strong formal education as Finders Keepers barely overcomes these hurdles it sets up for itself by the conclusion of its (admittedly, quite intriguing) tale.

  • It’s a tale of class privilege gone wrong, the relentless hunger for fame, stoic mourning and submerged family neuroses, and the crazy contortions caused by money and ownership. In 82 svelte minutes, Finders Keepers encapsulates something ineffable about the modern American experience.

  • Everything involving the leg is irresistible, obviously, albeit in a guilt-inducing tabloid-TV sort of way. Incoherent chronology distracted me, though, and the legal battle gets resolved surprisingly early/quickly, forcing the film to sift for wacky personality crumbs in order to reach feature length.

  • Carberry and Tweel don’t downplay the amusing bizarreness of it all—Finders Keepers is above all a crowd-pleaser, and quotably funny—but they do keep pointing out that none of the major players in this absurd drama can be fully summarized in sound-bites.

  • As a subject, it’s the best contemporary tall tale since Hands on a Hard Body—but while that documentary felt suited to the 90s indie boomlet in local-color ensemble quirk (think Waiting for Guffman, Cookie’s Fortune), Finders Keepers, with its nod-along sociological resonances and carefully mapped reservoirs of melancholy, is almost eerily perfect for a podcast.

  • An amputated leg leads everyone in a merry dance in “Finders Keepers,” the kind of documentary that makes you suspect that Christopher Guest is hiding behind the curtain. But this shockingly funny, weirdly touching custody battle between John Wood, the aggrieved amputee, and Shannon Whisnant, the fast-talking entrepreneur who unwittingly bought the appendage in a storage-unit auction, is as authentic as the North Carolina vernacular in which it unfolds.

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