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Synopsis

Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton), the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion and friendship. But, Andy's friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission.

Cast

  • Wil Wheaton
  • Brian Landis Folkins
  • Kathleen Brady
  • Amy Rutledge
  • Adrian Egolf
  • Josh Staab
  • Luke Sorge
  • Olivia Hendrick

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Metacritic

80
Sep 17, 2020

Wheaton is the film’s first exceptional element. The second is Stevenson’s restraint.

Andrew Crump
Paste Magazine
70
Sep 11, 2020

What makes the film work as well as it does, at least up to a point, are the perfectly calibrated performances. Folkins is superb as the socially maladroit Andy, making his character sympathetic in his genuine satisfaction in being a caretaker despite the personal toll it enacts. And Wheaton, whose entire performance consists of sitting in a chair and talking directly to the camera, uses his innate likeability to at first disarming and then chillingly creepy effect.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter