Despite involvement of some name Gotham indie players such as exec producer Randy Simon (“Pi”) and producer Galt Niederhoffer (“Hurricane Streets”), this arty comedy-drama about a suicidal guy and his circle faces an uphill battle at future fests and in the competitive indie marketplace.
Story first centers on said suicidal young man David (Mark Rosenthal), whom we find standing on the roof edge of a Lower Manhattan building, all too eager to end his miserable life. But tale soon shifts focus from David to the lives of various friends who attempt to persuade him not to jump. Through flashbacks, and sometimes flashbacks within flashbacks, we learn of the machinations of some eight people in their late 20s, with attention to how shallow and selfish their lives are.
In particular, we follow the desperate Bicker (James LeGros), an unfunny, insecure and paranoid clown who wants nothing more than to be accepted as a standup comic. Surrounded by such a cast of losers, it is no wonder that David wants to end it all. But pic never gets underneath David’s skin.
“Jump” does include clever bits of dialogue, at times lyrical uses of music and solid performances by LeGros, Amanda Peet and the entire ensemble. Its theme is a plausible one, but needs more subtlety to paint a truly poignant portrait of a millennium-fearing generation of narcissists.