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'Mr. Roosevelt' review: 'Master of None' star makes a free-spirited directorial debut

'Mr. Roosevelt' review: 'Master of None' star makes a free-spirited directorial debut

"Mr. Roosevelt" is the debut film by writer-director Noël Wells, a Texas native who decamped for Los Angeles to become a comic. It also features Wells in the lead role, as a Texas native who decamped for Los Angeles to become a comic, only to make an abrupt return to attend a funeral at the home of her ex-boyfriend, and perhaps take stock of the shambling mess she's made of her life amid Austin's remaining pockets of weirdness. If you're already starting to roll your eyes, stop: This riotously endearing comedy is substantially funnier, sharper, and more peculiar than that premise is bound to make it sound. The movie also announces Wells as a behind-the-camera talent worth...

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