The interesting, and oddly titled new film comedy “Vengeance” is so close to working. And yet so far away. Director/writer/star B.J. Novak gets himself into trouble early by suggesting that folks who don’t live in New York City are nutty rubes. And that those who do are cynics.

Entertainment business guys from NYC frequently seem given to believing stereotypes and slurs about Americans who live elsewhere. Moviegoers may, for example, remember Woody Allen’s character’s trip to the upper Midwest to meet Annie Hall’s family. Granny was a cartoon anti-Semite and brother (played by Christopher Walken) talked philosophically about turning his car in front of on-coming traffic.

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