A man dressed as a Viking goes into a convenience store to trade furs for groceries; a trio of smugglers is on the verge of an escape across the border when a moose totals their car; a cop calls for a tracker dog, only to be told that it, “isn’t working today.” When asked what the hound could be doing, the other cop responds honestly, “No idea. It is a dog…dog stuff, I guess?” “Wild Men
” has the accoutrement of an absurdist comedy, yet it uses these moments as ramps instead of the tricks themselves, launching into an exploration of mid-life ennui, fatherhood, and what it means to be a good husband in between the chuckles.
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