There’s a line in the opening scene of Jay Baruchel’s newest film that seems to be speaking directly to viewers and reviewers. “Any time I try to do anything with any semblance of substance the critics misrepresent it completely,” says Todd Walkley (Jesse Williams). “Or members of my audience, it’s lost on them.”
He’s discussing Slasherman, his uber-violent comic book, which he’s having trouble steering to a satisfying conclusion. But he might just as easily be referring to Random Acts of Violence, which Baruchel co-wrote, directed and stars in. And which, in a strange case of life imitating art, also seems to lose its way before its brief 80 minutes are up. But then again, life imitating art is a major theme.
Baruchel plays Ezra, Todd’s best friend and manager. Together with Todd’s wife Kathy (Jordana Brewster) and assistant Aurora (Niahm Wilson), they set out from Toronto on a road trip into America to promote the latest issue of Slasherman.