“ON THE COUNT OF THREE is Jerrod Carmichael’s directorial debut (executive produced by Tyson Bidner, produced by Jimmy Price, lensed by Jeffrey Kim [Additional Photography], and designed by Valeria De Felice [Additional Photography]). The comedian and Carmichael Show creator co-stars alongside Christopher Abbott in this audacious black comedy. The film begins with a funny, but deeply grim, scene in which lifelong friends Val (Carmichael) and Kevin (Abbott) come this close to shooting each other as part of a suicide pact, then somehow just gets darker as they decide to spend one last day savoring life. It doesn’t all hang together particularly as the day turns into night, but Carmichael deserves a lot of credit for his unflinching depiction of friendship and despair (and he and Abbott make a first-rate glum buddy pair).”

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