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'The Big Ask' fails to expand on questionable premise
'The Big Ask' fails to expand on questionable premise

Self-conscious, tonally uncertain and thematically vague, "The Big Ask" is a premise in search of a movie, one that co-directors Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman never quite find. This sluggish film involves a Joshua Tree-area getaway for three apparently longtime buddies (character details are sketchy): the morose Andrew (David Krumholtz), antsy Owen (Jason Ritter) and marriage-bound Dave (Zachary Knighton). Joining them at a remote rental house are respective girlfriends Hannah (Melanie Lynskey), Emily (Gillian Jacobs) and Zoe (Ahna O'Reilly), about whom we learn even less than the guys. Andrew, depressed by his mother's recent death, floats the idea of four-way...