Hot Docs review: The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man

Tommy Avallone's doc provides a fascinating look at how technology often prevents us from being present


THE BILL MURRAY STORIES: LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM A MYTHICAL MAN (Tommy Avallone, U.S.). 70 minutes. Rating: NNNN


The internet is rampant with examples of actor Bill Murray showing up at someone’s birthday party or touch football game, washing a stranger’s dishes or taking on temporary bartender duties at a club.

Tommy Avallone’s sweet doc investigates many of these stories, forming a theory – put forth by many a journalist and author before – that these in-the-moment encounters are tied both to the actor’s improv training and life philosophy.

While the structure of the film grows slightly tedious – Avallone repeatedly tries to reach Murray for an interview on his 1-800 number to create his own “Bill Murray moment” – the doc provides a fascinating look at celebrity, spontaneity and how technology often prevents us from being present.

Stay after the closing credits for one of the loveliest tales of all.

Apr 30, 9:30 pm, Hot Docs Cinema May 2, 10:30 am, TIFF 1 May 5, 3:30 pm, Hot Docs Cinema May 6, 10 am, TIFF 1

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