How many times have you wished that you could watch a new movie from the comfort of your own home? No overpriced snacks or tickets, you get to set the temperature to the temp that you want, not overly cold, you don’t have to go out in public and interact with anyone, but you could text people without someone else complaining about it…I don’t really see a down side. Okay, so maybe it’s nice to go out and have everything taken care of for you sometimes, but most of the time I’m good with the slight hermit life and I’m betting that there are a fair number of other people who feel the same way. That’s why I was really excited when Coffee Town came out in limited release and was also available for rent on Amazon and iTunes the same day.
If you’ve read my bio and know how I feel about Josh Groban, you know that I was excited for Coffee Town as soon as I heard about the great cast. Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) stars as Will in this quirky comedy about a website manager who works out of a coffee shop and what happens when the owners of that coffee shop want to convert it into a bar. Steve Little (East Bound and Down) and Ben Schwartz (Parks & Rec) play Chad and Gino, Will’s friends who visit him frequently and help him through his mutual hatred-based relationship with Sam, the wonderful barista who also happens to be in a band played by Josh Groban.
As is expected with rivals such as Sam and Will, there is a girl they are each interested in. Becca (Adrianne Palicki, Friday Night Lights) is a regular at Coffee Town. While the guys’ pursuit of the café angel is not the main focus of the movie, it’s interesting to see the different approach each has to get her attention and what it is that ends up working for which one of them.
Overall, I enjoyed this movie quite a bit, but I was very glad to have rented it for $7 on Amazon instead of paying more than $10 to have to put pants on an sit in an overly-air conditioned theater for it to fall a bit short of my expectations. It was released on a limited basis to theaters as well as the digital rentals, but I think the at-home viewing helped my enjoyment of this movie.
There were some slow parts and there were parts that made me question why I had been so excited for its release. Most of the questionable parts for me came from Chad and Gino. They’re the kind of guys who didn’t have to mature very far after high school, so they say things that I would expect from a 17-year-old. It’s the kind of thing that I should’ve expected from a movie made by College Humor, and had I expected it, I would have enjoyed the whole movie more. Someone looking for something a bit more intellectual might be a little let down.
Overall, I say watch it. While Coffee Town wasn’t exactly what I wanted it to be, and it isn’t my typical cup of tea (pun TOTALLY intended), there are certainly enough moments that made me laugh out loud to watch it again. I think College Humor did a pretty good job with this full-length movie, it was my own expectations that tainted my view. If you like Glenn Howerton, Ben Schwartz or anything comedic that Josh Groban has ever done, it’s definitely worth a viewing, if for no other reason than to support College Humor and tell them that this new style of release is a good way to go!