Blu-ray Review: Buffaloed

STUDIO: Magnolia | DIRECTOR: Tanya Wexler | CAST: Zoey Deutch, Judy Greer, Jai Courtney, Jermaine Fowler
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2020 | PRICE: DVD $17.29, Blu-ray $17.99
BONUSES: three featurettes
SPECS: NR | 94 min. | Comedy | widescreen | stereo | subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio  | Video  | Overall 

In the new comedy Buffaloed, Zoey Deutsch (The Politician) is Peg Dahl, an indefatigable 20-year-old and self-taught student of money who obsessively schemes of ways to make some cash so she can leave her blue-collar life. Her dreams of making it big hits a roadblock when, upon admission to her dream college, she realizes she can’t afford the tuition. Following a brief stint in jail due to a bizarre confluence of ticket-scalping and Buffalo wings, Peg soon finds herself putting her sharp mind and acuity for numbers to the test at an “ethically challenged” local agency for debt collection, the biggest industry in her town of Buffalo, New York.

It doesn’t take Peg too long to ace the business and branch out on her own, angering her smarmy boss (Jai Courtney, Terminator Genisys) who has tried to screw her over in more ways than one. After vowing to run a “clean” company and putting together a team of like-minded, smooth-talking outliers, her pledge is put to the test when the rivalry with her former creates dangerous situations for her wacky mother (the always welcome Judy Greer, Tomorrowland), drippy brother (Noah Reid, TV’s Schitt’s Creek) and new romantic interest (Jermaine Fowler, Sorry to Bother You), who happens to be the prosecutor who put her in prison.

The film is written by Buffalo native Brian Sacca, who seems to be inspired by his stint in The Wolf of Wall Street, delivering a mostly sharp, comical film that explores similar themes about the lower depths of capitalism and greed. For her part, director Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) brings a healthy pace and energy to Sacca’s occasionally cluttered storyline. But it’s all about Zoey Deutch here, who dives into her role with the manic relish of Anna Kendrick on Red Bull. Wexler wrangles Deutch’s chaotic exuberance smartly, stopping it just before it becomes annoying and overwhelming. As is, she makes the perfect dining companion to a plate of wings and a cold brew.

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