Lynn Shelton’s latest feature, Sword of Trust, is a comedic tag-along tale following four individuals and their dealings with revisionist history in Birmingham, Alabama. Comedian, actor, podcaster, and now fictional pawn store owner, Marc Maron, brings his talents to a more hefty acting part by playing ‘Mel,’ a southern pawn man with questionable decency. And it begs the question - could there be a more perfect Marc Maron role? It was a matter of time before his talents were used in a starring role on the big screen and Shelton cashes in with this wonderful comedy journey. However, the pieces surrounding the film’s lead are just as talented in their comedic timing and wit, allowing for the full improv monty.
Michaela Watkins and Jillian Bell play two lovers, (Mary and Cynthia) who have come to Alabama to collect an inheritance which quickly turns bust. Due to the debts of Cynthia’s grandfather, the couple is only able to acquire a civil-war sword. Along with the item comes documents explaining that the antique is in fact ‘proof,’ that the south won the civil war. The two turn to Mel and his not so sharp assistant, ‘Nathaniel,’ played by Jon Bass, to fetch the highest price. After negotiation and a realization that such an object could bring in $40,000 from a group labeled the ‘Invictusians,’ the two sides join together. In order to claim their potential fortune what follows is a deep dive into the southern underbelly.
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