‘My Last Year with the Nuns’: Funny, but not fit for church
A capsule review of “My Last Year with the Nuns,” an appealing, irreverent film version of Seattleite Matt Smith’s popular comic monologue.
Seattle International Film Festival
Through June 8 at SIFF Cinema Uptown, Egyptian, Harvard Exit and Pacific Place; also at Lincoln Square (through May 29), Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center (May 22-28) and Kirkland Performance Center (May 29-June 1); 206-324-9996 or www.siff.net. Printed festival guides available at all SIFF venues and many Starbucks locations.
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‘My Last Year With the Nuns’
Much more than a photographed one-man play, Bret Fetzer’s irreverent film of Matt Smith’s popular monologue makes spare but clever use of Seattle locations that represent the churches, schools, parks, playgrounds and outhouses where Smith’s adolescent adventures took place in the mid-1960s. Eventually the focus turns to the “paper shack” where Smith and fellow “newsies” picked up their newspapers for distribution. The language, which always rings true, is anything but G-rated. Fetzer, Smith and producer Michael Seiwerath will attend the screening. 6:30 p.m. May 21 at the Egyptian; 11 a.m. May 26 at the Egyptian.
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