Cameron Edwin (Jim Gaffigan), the host of a failing children’s science TV show called “Above & Beyond”, has always had aspirations of being an astronaut. After a mysterious space-race era satellite coincidentally falls from space and lands in his backyard, his midlife crisis manifests in a plan to rebuild the machine into his dream rocket. As his relationship with his wife (Rhea Seehorn) and daughter (Katelyn Nacon) start to strain, surreal events begin unfolding around him — a doppelgänger moving into the house next door, a car falling from the sky, and an unusual teenage boy forging a friendship with him. He slowly starts to piece these events together to ultimately reveal that there’s more to his life story than he once thought.
Q-tips say: It was just ok.
The production contributes to the feeling of a surrealist adventure that toggles between satirical comedy and something darker and much heavier. A muddled tract about middle-age malaise… We grant some license to arthouse films for trying stuff that’s unusual and different from mainstream fare – and bless them all – but this noble attempt simply fails to take off.