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Novelist Douglas Coupland (Generation X) brings his millennial irony and middle-class angst to the big screen with this offbeat Canadian comedy about the lure of easy money. The disillusioned hero (Paulo Costanzo) holds down a McJob at the lottery commission in Vancouver, and everyone around him is involved in some kind of scam: his best friend masterminds a pot-growing empire, his father hustles aloe products in a pyramid scheme, and even his little niece aspires to be a trophy wife. For a writer who once defined hipness, Coupland runs his main character through a surprisingly staid morality play, as a local con man enlists him in a money-laundering plot. But the more conventional elements are sweetened by a cockeyed surreality (the city is overrun by movie production companies, and no one bats an eye at the sight of space aliens out for a stroll). Paul Fox directed. 95 min. a Gene Siskel Film Center.

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