‘Band Aid’ review: Quirky marital tale finds its rhythm

Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally portray a married couple worth rooting for as they turn their biggest fights into catchy pop songs. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.

What’s the best course of action for a married couple who can’t stop fighting? Therapy, counseling, separate bedrooms? The answer is obviously to start a band with their weird neighbor and turn their biggest fights into catchy, minimalist pop songs.

In “Band Aid,” Anna (writer/director/producer/star Zoe Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally) flounder around, work dead-end jobs and watch their friends mature, have kids, find career success and otherwise hit typical markers of a successful life. Meanwhile, their marriage is in the can; their couple’s counselor abandons them; and they try to ignore a vague but always present tragedy from earlier days.

The only way to cope is to scream at each other while strumming guitars. And fortunately enough, their socially awkward, recovering sex-addict neighbor Dave (Fred Armisen) provides a solid beat behind the drums.

Movie Review ★★★  

‘Band Aid,’ with Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, Brooklyn Decker, Colin Hanks, Jesse Williams, Jamie Chung, Erinn Hayes. Written and directed by Lister-Jones. 91 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains nudity, language and suggestive content). SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Nothing terribly unexpected happens, and “Band Aid” never veers far from the quirky comedic drama formula. (Or is it dramatic comedy? It’s hard to tell; there’s a pretty even split.) Still, it cuts through the aging slacker angst and millennial ennui to get to something earnest and authentic underneath.

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