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Terribly Inappropriate, Overly Complex, And Strange (film)

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Terribly Inappropriate, Overly Complex, and Strange
Theatrical Poster for Terribly Inappropriate, Overly Complex, and Strange
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Ayoade
Produced byReese Witherspoon
Andy Samberg
Jorma Taccone
Akiva Schaffer
Written byTaika Waititi
StarringAndrew Garfield
Keanu Reeves
Anya Taylor-Joy
Octavia Spencer
Jesse Eisenberg
Allison Janney
Nicholas Braun
Music byTrent Reznor
Atticus Ross
CinematographyLyle Vincent
Edited byDog Food
Blumhouse Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 1, 2015 (2015-10-01)
Running time
110 minutes.[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$2.5 million
Box office$1.5 million

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Terribly Inappropriate, Overly Complex, and Strange is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Ayoade and starring Andrew Garfield, Keanu Reeves, Anya Taylor-Joy, Octavia Spencer, Jesse Eisenberg, Allison Janney, and Nicholas Braun. The film follows a middle-aged man (Garfield) suffering from depression after his recent divorce.


Forty-something gay man Noah Aronoff has recently divorced from his husband of seven years, Judah. Lonely and depressed, Noah withdraws from society, only interacting with his therapist Caroline, and his colleagues at a vintage boutique: owner Ava and coworker Bark. Noah contemplates suicide, but does not want to die before his dog, Ingrid Bergman (named after the actress Ingrid Bergman).

On his way to work one day, Noah runs into Audrey, a high schooler who frequents a nearby coffee shop. Audrey asks if she can take some pictures of Noah for a photography project, and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. Audrey begins to come to Noah’s house after school, fascinated by his collection of old movie posters. She admits that she’s had trouble making friends since her intoxicated mother caused a car crash that killed her and several of Audrey’s classmates.

After being humiliated at a party, Audrey calls Noah and asks him to take her home. Noah meets Audrey’s father Harry, a sculptor who has been struggling financially since the death of his wife. Noah begins to spend most of his time with the two, becoming good friends with Harry and getting Audrey a part time job at the boutique.

Against the advice of Caroline, Noah stops taking his medication, believing that he doesn’t need it anymore now that he’s found happiness with Harry and Audrey. The sudden withdrawals causes Noah to become overemotional, causing him to reduce Bark to tears during an argument one day. A frustrated Ava tells him to take some time off work, and Noah goes to Harry for comfort. The two men get drunk together, but Harry rejects Noah’s sexual advances. A humiliated and hurt Noah drives home drunk, and leaves Judah a voicemail before passing out on the couch.

Judah comes by Noah’s apartment the next day, and confesses that he has a new boyfriend. The news pushes Noah over the edge, and after Judah leaves, he attempts suicide. He is found by a distraught Audrey and is rushed to hospital.

Upon awakening, Noah is visited by Audrey, Harry, Ava and Bark. He apologises to them all for his behaviour, and expresses his intention to get back on medication. Ava offers Noah the spare room in her house, saying that he could benefit from some company, but she has a strict no dog policy.

Noah bequeaths Ingrid Bergman to Harry and Audrey, along with his collection of film posters. He moves in with Ava, giving her one of Harry’s sculptures as a thank you gift.


  • Andrew Garfield as Noah Aronoff
  • Anya Taylor-Joy as Audrey
  • Allison Janney as Caroline
  • Octavia Spencer as Ava
  • Keanu Reeves as Harry
  • Jesse Eisenberg as Judah
  • Nicholas Braun as Bark

Release and reception[edit]

Terribly Inappropriate, Overly Complex, and Strange opened on October 1, 2015 with a limited theatrical release, grossing $136,564 in its opening weekend. The film would eventually gross $926,103 domestically and $599,911 internationally, totaling $1,526,014 worldwide[2], below the production budget of $2.5 million[3].

The film was panned by critics and remains largely unknown[4]


  1. "TERRIBLY INAPPROPRIATE, OVERLY COMPLEX, AND STRANGE (M)". British Board of Film Classification. May 22, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  2. Terribly Inappropriate, Overly Complex, and Strange at Box Office Mojo
  3. "Terribly Inappropriate, Overly Complex, and Strange". IMDB. September 13, 2020. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  4. "Terribly Inappropriate, Overly Complex, and Strange: The Only Film That Deserves to Exist". Medium. September 12, 2020. Retrieved September 14, 2020.

External links[edit]

Category:2015 films Category:2015 comedy-drama films Category:American films Category:American comedy-drama films Category:English-language films Category:Films directed by Richard Ayoade Category:Universal Pictures films Category:Film controversies Category:Films scored by Trent Reznor

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