Movie Review: Faults slowly, skillfully transforms from one kind of movie to another

At first glance, Faults appears to be a cringeworthy comedy of embarrassment in the tradition of Larry David and Ricky Gervais. Its protagonist, Dr. Ansel Roth (stalwart character actor Leland Orser, taking magnificent advantage of a rare leading role), is introduced attempting to pay for a hotel meal using a recycled voucher that he fished out of the trash; while he bills himself as one of the world’s foremost authorities on cults, his lectures on the subject serve as little more than an excuse to browbeat attendees into buying his latest book (Follower: Inside The Mind Of The Controlled), which he then charges them an additional $5 to sign. These overly broad early scenes, however, turn out to be misdirection on the part of writer-director Riley Stearns, who has something a lot more subtle and serious up his sleeve. Working with his wife, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (who also …

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