That is one long title for a movie, but it makes up for the length with comedy and action. A carpenter from Nazareth once said, the “The meek shall inherit the earth” but when Ruth Kimke’s house gets robbed…the meek fight back… in this Macon Blair film.
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a 2017 film written and directed by Macon Blair. It is his directorial debut, and I must say it is a successful one. The film stars Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, David Yow, Jane Levy, and Devon Graye.
Melanie Lynskey’s character, Ruth Kimke, is a nursing assistant who is often ignored, or taken advantage of by her coworkers, and neighbors…one, who allows his dog to defecate on her lawn every day. Ruth’s normal reaction is to grin and bear it…that is until she comes home one day to find that her home was robbed. Missing are her laptop and her beloved grandmother’s silver set. The police are called, but a missing silver set is not their top priority, and Ruth is left with only one choice…find the culprits herself.
Her first act in taking control of her life, is to go after the neighbor whose dog leaves a daily mess on her lawn. Tony (Elijah Wood) is so wrapped up in listening to his music as he jogs that he isn’t aware of his dog’s droppings. No excuse, and Ruth speaks her mind. She then begins questioning the neighbors to see if they noticed anyone suspicious in the neighborhood. Ruth later finds evidence, a footprint in her yard. After making a cast of a footprint she goes to the police but is rebuked for interfering in their case. Tony, who imagines himself a ninja warrior, offers to help Ruth track down the culprits after her phone gives the location of her laptop.
Tony, with his ninja razor sharp throwing stars and nunchucks, is really a decent person like Ruth. Although we don’t know much about him, we know that he most likely is also a victim to the bad manners and hostility in the world. When they arrive at the location where the laptop is, Tony goes full Rambo although the people he attacks are not the thieves. They got the laptop from an antique/resale shop. Our two crime fighters head out to the resale shop in search of Ruth’s grandmother’s silver set.
As soon as Ruth and Tony enter the resale store, the film morphs from funny to thriller. The people who stole her stuff are very dangerous people with no remorse for killing anyone who gets in their way. Ruth and Tony are way over their heads, but their frustration with obnoxious people, pushes them into a fight for their very lives.
I really enjoyed watching Melanie Lynskey as Rose on Two and a Half Men, but I never realized how good an actress she was until watching her in this film. This past year has opened my eyes to how blatantly people exhibit their rudeness and bad manners. TikTok has a name for these people, “Karen’s.”
Watching Melanie’s Ruth deal with the shenanigans of nasty people and her and Tony’s quest to set things right…is wake up call for all of us who are crushed by the disconnection that the political world and Covid has dumped on us. Sometimes…the meek need to kick butt. Sometimes fighting back is the only way to go. You can watch I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore on Netflix.