Maniac on Netflix: Jonah Hill and Emma Stone get weird, and it works

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Hill plays the downtrodden and deadpan Owen, living in an off-brand present day and struggling to escape both his wealthy family and his own hallucinatory idiosyncrasies. When he isn’t obsessing over his sister-in-law or fellow drug tester Stone, he’s trying to avoid seeing an imaginary secret agent who keeps passing on cryptic instructions.  Hill’s somnolent character, who barely lifts his eyes to meet the camera or raises his voice above a mumble, is kind of hard to root for. But we get the sense this mentally troubled man might be the sanest guy in the mixed-up mashup of past and future that passes for Maniac’s reality.

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