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The Soccer Mom Comedy Hidden Gem You Can Find On Hulu

So, you know how in any given episode of "Black Mirror," there's a segment of the story where you become so confused and alienated from reality that you almost feel like you have vertigo? Have you ever wanted to feel that way for 100 straight minutes? To have the promise of narrative lucidity dangled tenuously in front of you again and again, only to see it snatched away just when you think it's within your grasp?

Well, good news: "Greener Grass" is streaming on Hulu, finally putting a sense of ceaseless cinematic unease in reach of the common man.

Where to begin? Based on the 2015 short film of the same name, "Greener Grass" marked the motion picture directorial debut of creators and stars Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, two Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre veterans with a penchant for the bonkers. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit award and screened sporadically around the world, including, per the duo's website, in "120 theaters in Russia for some reason." The cast is stacked with comedic talent: "SNL's" Beck Bennett, "Avenue 5's" Neil Casey, and D'Arcy Carden of "The Good Place" all make appearances. Doing what exactly? It's hard to overemphasize exactly how difficult that would be to explain.

Greener Grass will haunt your dreams

"Greener Grass" opens with suburbanite moms Jill and Lisa (DeBoer and Luebbe) dutifully attending their children's soccer game and discussing the hot goss through matching sets of adult braces — apparently, a local yoga teacher has been murdered in her own home, which deeply affects both of them, since they've been thinking about doing yoga. From there, there's a neighborly exchange of compliments over Jill's new baby, followed by the even more neighborly gifting of said baby to Lisa, and then a full minute spent in extreme close up on Jill's bravely smiling mouth.

Weird? Unquestionably, and it just. Doesn't. Stop. Saliva gets swapped, misfit children are gleefully exchanged for Golden Retrievers, and a string of killings never seems quite as important as, say, the embarrassment that parents experience when their kids underperform in the extracurriculars.

Variety called the film "a square peg in a sea of round holes, and the most pleasant surprise of an otherwise mostly predictable Sundance Film Festival," The Los Angeles Times labeled it "one of the year's weirdest comedies" and gushed that it was "the rare movie that truly earns" cult status. It currently sits deep in Certified Fresh territory on Rotten Tomatoes, with an 81% critical approval rating.

It's hard to pin down a solid explanation of "Greener Grass." It's somewhere between "The Twilight Zone" and "Too Many Cooks," if that's any help. More than anything, it's a movie with a message. What that message is may never be determined, but it has to be there. Right?