Relaxer

New York Times Critics' Pick
91 mins.
Directed by Joel Potrykus
NR
2019

Doom and gloom are on the way. The Y2K apocalypse can't be stopped. Abbie's older brother issues him the ultimate challenge before it goes down: beat the infamous level 256 in Pac-Man and no getting up from the couch until he does so.

Abbie’s survival story begins here; inside a rotting living room with no food or water, and a revolving door of numb-nut friends and acquaintances. It’s THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL by way of SLACKER, or FUNNY GAMES helmed by Johnny Knoxville.


"Sad and strange and defiantly gross, RELAXER is a surreal survival tale swirling with childhood trauma and Y2K paranoia... Some may find this movie unbearable; yet there’s a place for pictures that push us to the limits of forbearance. Sometimes, even the loathsome have stories worth telling." Jeannette Catsoulis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!