There’s no type of love like robot love. Haven’t you ever watched a Daft Punk music video? In The Giant Mechanical Man, The Office‘s Jenna Fischer doesn’t fall for a literal robot, because the future is still so far away. As a woman recently fired from a dead-end job (familiar creative territory, I’m guessing), she’s spurred by her sister to get her life together and do something worthwhile for a change. Instead, she sets her eyes on a street performer who play-acts as a robot (played by a scruffy Chris Messina), one who offers on-the-nose platitudes about the weirdness of humanity and so forth. Emotional hijinks ensue, as they often do, and a number of fun-fun-fun interactions with familiar actors and actresses like Lucy Punch, Bob Odenkirk, Malin Akerman and Rich Sommer are quick to accompany her inner turmoil.
But the dramedy directed and written by Lee Kirk, Fischer’s real-life husband, looks oddly charming, probably spurred by our familiarity with Fischer as this generation’s plain Jane just trying to get it together. (She seems to eventually do so, if the movie progresses as the trailer does.) And check out the wig on Topher Grace! It’s the perfect fit to establish him as a pompous motivational speaker. That thing’s got to be fake; no one’s locks are that lush. The Giant Mechanical Man premieres at Tribeca Film Festival next month after which it’ll hit video-on-demand, if not theaters.