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SR. 2022 (Netflix) This unusual documentary is like the independent movies that Robert Downey Sr. must have made with titles like Sweet Smell of Sex, Chafed Elbows, Putney Swope, Pound, Greaser’s Palace, Hugo Pool, and Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight. I don’t want to see those movies because, well, I just don’t get it. Gary felt the same way about the documentary, because he gave up ¾ of the way through it. Filmed over three years, Sr. is an intimate exploration of the maverick director’s colorful life and rebellious career as well as his relationship with his son before he passed away from Parkinson’s disease. He made nearly 20 indie films in his career and many are featured in the doc. In what could only be called chaotic, the Sr. Downey participated in all aspects of the project until his death in 2021. (Is it any wonder that Paul Thomas Anderson loved Sr.’s filmmaking. I don’t get PTA either.)  Robert Downy Jr. said in an interview, “This whole project sadly started off for me, honestly, it was an avoidance pattern. How do I deal with the fact that this larger than life character who I spent so many years influenced by, is not well?” He has trouble viewing the last 20 minutes because his father, whom he loved is dying. IMBd has this description of the documentary: Follow the tender but appropriately irreverent account of the life and career of Robert Downey Sr., the fearless and visionary American director who set the standard for countercultural comedy in the 1960s and 1970s. I, apparently, don’t understand the countercultural comedy of the ‘60s & ‘70s. I didn’t understand the documentary either. I only watched it to the end because I was going to review it. With apologies to Rotten Tomatoes who gave it a 98% from Critics and 91% from audiences. GRADE D

A RT critic wrote, “This is one of the best movies of the year,

unmissable even if you've never seen a Downey Sr. movie.”

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