Jack Plotnick's Space Station 76 is a 70s themed science fiction spoof about a group of deeply-damaged individuals that also happens to be one of the funniest films of the year. Jessica is a co-pilot who has been assigned to Space Station 76 after their old co-pilot left under vague circumstances. Jessice is a lonely woman under her friendly exterior but as she meets other crew memebers on the space station she begins to realize she isn't the only one with serious issues. Space Station 76 works so well as a comedy because it never completely relies on genre tropes, instead focusing on its characters. Nearly every single character in Space Station 76 is well-developed from a comedy perspective, each bringing something different to the dynamic of the film. From the stern captain with a big secret, to the neurotic housewife, Space Station 76 throws a lot of great characters out there and simply observes the fireworks as they interact with one and other. While the film certainly plays with genre conventions, the script itself doesn't overdue it, delivering a sharp, original, and witty story that would have worked in any genre. All the actors do a great job but Patrick Wilson's performance as the in-the-closet Captain of the ship is the true standout, capturing a hysterically tortured individual who is clueless and agnostic to everything around him. Space Station 76 works surprisingly well as a drama but it never forgets what it is, a high-concept comedy about of group of personalities
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