By Amanda Gilmore
Nothing is working out for Scientist Cameron Edwin (Jim Gaffigan). His wife has filed for divorce and he’s just been fired from his own television program. When a satellite falls from orbit and crashes into his dysfunctional family home, Cameron seizes the opportunity to fulfil his dream of becoming an astronaut by re-building it into a rocket ship. His wife and daughter believe he’s experiencing a Midlife Crisis, however, when surreal events begin happening around him, a mystery unfolds.
This unique Dramedy relates to the dreamer and romantic within us. Writer-Director Colin West creates a strange world for his characters to exist. However, this odd world is essential to the storyline. It toys with the audience’s concept of time and questions the relationships between characters. Through this one family, West has created a touching story about the relationship between love and memory.
These themes are perfectly captured through the talented Cast. While known for his Comedy, Gaffigan is refreshing in this rare dramatic role that he excels in. He makes an impact as a man stuck and yearning to rebuild his life and dreams. In some scenes, Cameron is shown doing educational science videos similar to those found in schools. Here, Gaffigan allows some of his comedic talents to shine through and gives off Bill Nye vibes.
Gaffigan’s chemistry with Rhea Seehorn, who plays his wife Erin, is strong. Resulting in moving, scenes shared between the two. Erin has a wide character-arch allowing Seehorn to show her range. Rounding off the Cast is Katelyn Nacon, who plays the couple’s daughter Nora, and Gabriel Rush, who plays her schoolmate Marc. The sweet relationship that blossoms between the two are a highlight.
The mystery infused in this peculiar world keeps the audience invested, even if it could benefit from a tighter runtime. However, even with Linoleum dragging in parts, it makes up for it with a heartfelt reveal that makes an emotional impact.
Linoleum screens at SXSW ’22 as follows:
Saturday, March 12 at 8:15 PM EST – Alamo Lamar D
Sunday, March 13 at 1:45 PM EST – Violet Crown Cinema 2
Sunday, March 13 at 2:15 PM EST – Violet Crown Cinema 4
Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 PM EST – ZACH Theatre
Sunday, March 13 at 10:00 AM EST – Available for 48 hours