From directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who made a confident debut with 2003's American Splendor only to follow up with the disastrous Nanny Diaries in 2007, The Extra Man is the sort of bohemian comedy that comes along far too rarely. For its directors it's a clear statement of intent that the pair has no interest in treading comfortable ground to make a living. For audiences, it's a wonderfully surreal jaunt into a delightfully nutty upper-class world.
Paul Dano is the schoolteacher, Louis Ives, who's fired from his position at a fancy suburban college when he's interrupted trying on a colleague's bra. Jolted into moving to the big city, Ives finds a spare room in the Manhattan flat of one Henry Harrison (Kevin Kline) whose modest and cash-poor lot in life sees him flitting from soiree to social on the arm of batty rich pensioners whose husbands have long since died.
Through Henry, Louis discovers a brand new world, and his flamboyant roommate – who may, or may not, be gay, but would rather like the hand of one of his octogenarian girlfriends so he can live the high life on a permanent basis – schools him in the art of being an 'extra man'.