Having broken off his engagement due to unforeseen circumstances, Josh salvages the cabin booked for his bachelor party weekend. Four disparate friends show up and even though they are all here to comfort Josh, each seems to have something else on their mind. The men make an effort to keep the weekend energy up through partying, stubbornly ignoring the inevitable crash that will occur.
The film starts off strong with a heavy left turn that I did not expect. Early parts of the weekend do a great job of portraying dudes somewhere between acquaintance and bro level getting to know each other, with all the social bumps in between. This is in part due to the stacked cast portraying the group of friends, all known comedic players in recent years. The chemistry is good between them and the dialogue realistic— achieved through a mix of talents and lots of improvisation. Shout out to include Alex Ross Perry’s dweebish Adam for stealing most of the comedic bits. Props also to Thomas Middleditch as the titular lead for some flashing his usual comedic flair as well as showing some dramatic touches as well.
Despite this, there weren’t too many laugh out loud scenes. The down-to-earth realism that is the strength of this film is also it’s weakness. Just as in real life, not everything is a rapid-fire joke, there are points of boredom here as well. Similarly, the drama that does happen, while engaging in the moment, does leave a lasting impact. Not hilarious nor dark enough to fit its own description as a dark comedy
All in all, Joshy is a good, realistic portrayal of dudes hanging out and how they deal with things. There are times when it is good enough to get together and party with friends and move on. The film attempts to take a deeper look at moving on when the party’s over, but unfortunately, many will move on from the issues displayed here shortly after this film ends as well.