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Film Review: "Digging For Fire"


Over the course of his prolific career, Joe Swanberg has become synonymous with a certain type of film: low-key, structureless dramedies that revolve mainly on the relationship anxieties of middle class, 20- and 30-somethings. Swanberg's latest, "Digging For Fire," focuses on Tim (Jake Johnson, who co-wrote the script with Swanberg) and Lee (Rosemarie Dewitt) a Los Angeles couple with a 3-year-old son.

While housesitting the fancy-pants cottage of one of Lee's yoga clients, the discovery of a bone and a rusty gun buried in the yard sends both husband and wife on separate adventures over one weekend. Discovering the object's origin becomes Tim's obsession, with the promise of mystery and excitement if he only digs deep enough. I enjoyed the journey immensely, though whether you feel the same will depend on your patience with meandering plots that only circle vaguely around a point, as Swanberg and Johnson touch on ideas of growing older, parenthood, and keeping one's identity in the face of coupledom.