Prominent designer, futurist, and second World President of Mensa Buckminster Fuller befriended Ellen Burstyn in 1972 and spent the last decade or so of his life sharing with her his philosophies on the care and nurturing of “Spaceship Earth.” A few of his concepts are repackaged for the masses in this fictionalized buddy dramedy that brings together under one geodesic roof a Bucky groupie (Burstyn, who also produced) and her sheltered grandson (Asa Butterfield) as tour guides working hard to keep his legacy alive. Jared (Alex Wolff) — the doomed punker son of an Evangelical minister — stops in to admire the architectural wonder and leaves with a new friend. The boys are terrific, particularly Butterfield, who makes something wonderful out of discovering a grilled cheese sandwich and a can of soda. Even a “set-’em-up-to- watch- ’em-die” subplot is somewhat redeemed by Jared’s sister’s (Maude Apatow) justification behind treating her dying brother like crap.
Length: 1 hour, 25 minutes