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‘I’ve Got Issues’ review: Uneven comedy is surprisingly tender

A little emotion goes a long way.

Not every movie gives you all of the answers. Sometimes, a film exists jut to promote discussion or thought. I’ve Got Issues is a series of sketches that asks a question everyone has at one time or another in their lives. What’s the point? I’ve Got Issues has the same problem that plagued many sketch comedy movies (and shows). Some segments just are not as good as others. This is to be expected, but it also make the weaker ones stick out. 

The odd thing is, it is not the same for the reverse. The good ones are brought down to just being merely average. It makes it harder to get a true feel for I’ve Got Issues. Thankfully, nothing is ever aggressively bad. At worst, they are meandering. This gives more room for the better ones to make a lasting impact. The best ones do in some surprising ways.

One unexpected result of I’ve Got Issues is how tender some of the stories can be. Some are so short, it is surprising they could leave a lasting impact. One reason, they are able to do so is because of how relatable the themes can be. There are stories about finding love and trying to better oneself. There are also some laugh out loud funny moments. 

The biggest drawback may be the deadpan tone every character speaks in. While it fits with the overall message of the movie, it does get to be grating. The characters of I’ve Got Issues are dealing with moments of despair. One effect is they seem to have been robbed of all emotion. Towards the end, even the funnier lines have trouble eliciting laughter.

I’ve Got Issues may best be served in small doses. The theme of existential dread is something everyone can relate to. A movie revolving around it – no matter how funny – can be a difficult watch.

I’ve Got Issues will be available in September 18 through VOD.

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