‘7 Stages To Achieve Eternal Bliss’ Review: Dan Harmon Steals the Show in Kooky Cult Comedy About the Afterlife — Tribeca

IndieWire | 4/30/2018 | Staff
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Finding your dream apartment is never easy, especially in a city like Los Angeles, and while there are plenty of things worth letting slide for cheap rent, a revolving door of crazy cult members who want to commit suicide in your bathtub probably isn’t one of them. But what if those cult members were on to something?

“7 Stages To Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh” poses this absurd question with the same goofy energy as its long-winded title. It’s wild and funny ride, but comes equipped with a pinch of existential dread.

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Director Vivieno Caldinelli, who got his start working on Canadian sketch shows, puts his comedy roots to good use by wrangling “Kids in the Hall” star Mark McKinney, Maria Bamford, Taika Waititi and more for inspired cameos. But the string of familiar faces all have a one-dimensional quality. In many ways, “7 Stages” feels like an absurd acid trip, one that starts off strong, but which soon gets lost in its own cleverness before redeeming itself again at the end.

Claire (Kate Micucci) and Paul (Sam Huntington) have just relocated from Ohio to Los Angeles, and things are almost too good to be true. Claire has landed her dream job, and the couple have found a cheap apartment, but on their first night something horrifying happens: Someone breaks into their apartment and commits suicide in their bathtub. Claire and Paul are appalled, not only because of the suicide, but because they discover their dream apartment was once home to Reginald E. Storsh (Waititi), an enigmatic cult leader who killed himself in the very same bathtub.

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As a number of strange cult members begin entering their apartment to perform bizarre rituals, Claire and Paul begin digging deeper into the teachings of Storsh and discover...
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