Writer-director Miranda July's whimsically offbeat drama follows two thirty-somethings who suddenly twig they've got just thirty days to live the single life. That's because they've agreed to adopt a dying cat who's due to arrive in a month's time. She (July) quits as a dance teacher and contemplates a fling while he (Hamish Linklater) calls a halt to tech support and starts an eco-friendly job selling trees door-to-door. It may be a bit spacey but it's got a sharp dramatic edge.
Sophie (July) and Jason (Linklater) live the sort of dull-but-dependent life when they can lie on opposite ends of the sofa, legs entwined while they obliviously tap away on their MacBooks.
She's a heart-not-really-in-it dance teacher trying to make a viral YouTube video of herself throwing a few shapes. In a shawl.
He provides internet tech support over the phone but throws it all up to work for a ecological cold-selling firm trying to flog trees to the reluctant gas guzzlers of LA.
The catalyst for their uncharacteristic burst of life-changing behaviour is the impending arrival of Paw Paw, a moggie who's onto his last life and whose dying days will be in the care of Sophie and Jason.
However, the new avenues pursued by the couple also offer fresh horizons, none more attractive to Sophie than an affair with older single dad and suburban sign-writer David Warshofsky.
Both a biting comment on unfulfilled, long-term relationships and wickedly amusing in an understated, mumblecore way, this may test viewers with its slightly too surreal third act.
However, it is very, very funny with July - who made the well-received Me And You And Everyone We Know - spot-on as the ditzy Sophie while Linklater shows just what a nuanced actor he can be.
I've seen The Future...and it's not bad at all.