Survival Skills

Survival Skills ★★★★

It starts like an ADULT SWIM parody of an 80s instructional video, but wow, SURVIVAL SKILLS shrugs off those tropes fast as it mutates into the emotionally raw story of a 2-dimensional do-gooder struggling to deal with the complications of a domestic abuse situation. It could have easily felt exploitative or gone into a surrealistic horror direction, but Writer/Director Quinn Armstrong threads the narrative needle like a pro as the viewer is dragged deeper into a difficult reality.

The loveable Stacy Keach co-stars as the gruff narrator who really wants his instructional video star to focus on just teaching the damn lesson!