‘Aardvark’: Film Review | Tribeca 2017
Jenny Slate plays Zachary Quinto’s ethically challenged therapist in Brian Shoaf’s directing debut.
A psychology-centric dramedy likely to annoy some mental health professionals, Brian Shoaf’s Aardvark revolves around loneliness and estrangement and the difficulties they present for both the healthy and the disturbed. Zachary Quinto plays a man coping with undefined mental problems, whose therapist (Jenny Slate) starts up an in-all-sorts-of-ways questionable relationship with his brother (Jon Hamm), a famous TV actor. That string of names will ensure attention is paid to this hard-to-categorize, uneven debut for the playwright turned director, but even so, theatrical distribution isn’t guaranteed.