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The roster of names behind the indie film Brigsby Bear may give people the wrong impression. The comedians of The Lonely Island are credited as producers. So are Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who jumped from success with the comedies 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie to become producers of a wide variety of projects. And Brigsby Bear director Dave McCary and star Kyle Mooney are current Saturday Night Live fixtures (Mooney as a cast member, McCary as a writer-director) and half of YouTube’s GoodNeighbor comedy team. That’s a lot of comedy cred, and it makes it easy to assume Brigsby Bear is another goony SNL spinoff comedy, or something larger-than-life and confrontationally absurdist, like Lonely Island’s Popstar.

It isn’t. The film is…

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