You’ve seen the beginning to this film before — a father, struggling to care for his wife and newborn child, loses his job and faces eviction. Nothing about the exposition is out of the ordinary, except for how quickly it is shoved out of the way to allow for something fresh to take its place.
Every sitcom has a flirtatious male, a primary couple and characters in messy situations with fantastic apartments. Writers rarely get around these staples, and for good reason. But “The Mindy Project” and “New Girl,” which run back to back on Fox, take the same tropes in entirely different directions.
The usual fare that plays at Fantastic Fest is hilariously brutal, pushing audience members to the limits of what they can reasonably handle, which makes it all the more interesting that the relatively bloodless “I Declare War” won the Audience Award at last year’s festival. The film portrays children’s games in a truly fantastical, wildly entertaining story about the dynamics of childhood and friendship.