Harmony and Me

Months after his girlfriend dumped him, mopey Harmony (Bishop Allen musician Justin Rice) still wears her picture inside a locket around his neck. “She broke my heart,” he tells everyone he meets (or repeats to those he’s already told). Mournfully, he adds, “She still hasn’t finished the job, she’s still at it.” He loves regaling people with the sad facts. It’s his mantra, giving him will to live.

The slacker comedy Harmony and Me, a film from Bob Byington (Shameless, Registered Sex Offender), is the ultimate indie movie: low-rent, with truly awful camerawork, but redolent of off-beat charm with its clever script (by Byington) and improvisational handling of actors.

Harmony’s heartache gets no respect from his unsympathetic friends and coworkers (Kevin Corrigan, Alex Karpovsky, Pat Healy) or even his mom (Houstonian Margie Beegle), but a sideways perseverance and grudging acceptance keep this dopey mope going. “I grew up with limited access to mental health,” Harmony says with perfect deadpan. The Los Angeles Times reported, “Though at first seemingly offhanded to the point of haphazard, the film reveals itself to have a finely tuned construction and acute sense of rhythm and character…laugh-out-loud comedy and subtle, unexpected emotional clarity.”

Margie Beegle will be in attendance for today’s screening. 7 pm. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
Fri., June 3, 7 p.m., 2011

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D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
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