"Tyler B. Nice
-Written and Directed by Joe Lewis
How much ground lies between Fuck You and I Love You? Joe Lewis sets out to measure the distance in his second full-length film, Tyler B. Nice, a bold and blurry vision of Boston's wine-sex culture.
The film tracks the relations of three different sects of twenty-something characters over the course of one night as they converge mid-film at a party. During the first half of the film, each group tends to their own quirky and/or vehement state of affairs, whether it be incest or infidelity or the unmistakable contentment that can only be preserved by a healthy love triangle.
Lewis' style allows for fierce, uninhibited interaction. In many cases, the tension reaches a difficult climax, and Lewis bails us out just in the nick of time. He gives the actors free reign to craft the story along the lines of their own interpretations, then carves the scenes to his liking in the post-production room. This natural style of filmmaking forces the director to chart the course of the film through incessantly dangerous dialogue, which seems only fitting since nothing about this film is safe.
..Why doesn..t anybody love me?.. Tyler asks. It all depends on your image of love. The feeling is never contained, never refined, always raw and always open to interpretations from all sides, whether it's your sister or your local congressman. Lewis' vision is confining and discolored. At no point in the film do we see the sky. We are detained to Tyler's vacuum-sealed world, hoping he'll listen to someone else, as drunk and absurd as they may be.
Great soundtrack, crazy visual gimmicks, hot make out scenes."
"I hope you find the salt"