With an all-star class comprised of Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne, Aubrey Plaza and Molly Shannon, it's a tragedy that Jamie Babbit's Addicted to Fresno hasn't received the amount of pre-release buzz that it probably deserves. A dark comedy about two wayward sisters - one recently recovering sex addict and one selfless Mary Sue who puts others in front of herself to the point of fault - Babbit's cynical and edgy film makes for one of the most excitingly unassuming dramas of the year.

Led by Greer and Lyonne as the two warring sisters, both actresses are given wonderfully meaty parts thanks to Karey Dornetto's sophisticated and sharp screenplay. While the characters themselves certainly straddle the line of being overbearing archetypes at times, each performance comes with its own nuances and subtleties that stop the roles from becoming too one-dimensional. Balancing the script's bone-dry humour with more emotionally charged material, both Greer and Lyonne give career-best performances, with the latter especially shining as the vulnerable younger sister. However, more than anything it's just nice to see Judy Greer's superb talent not go to waste, because after her small stint in both Jurassic World and Ant Man this year, we were starting to worry that 2015 wasn't going to do the actress justice.

Built on a series of constantly rising stakes, Addicted to Fresno is perhaps more slapstick and sillier than the trailers would have you believe. Once again, the all-star cast share a natural chemistry that results in even the most unassuming of scenes being full of brilliantly witty moments. Perfectly blending the naturalistic style of quirky American independent films with more mainstream comedy romps, Babbit's film is at the same time both incredibly funny and surprisingly heartfelt. It definitely relies on darker and more visceral themes to get its laughs, but after a wealth of dry, humourless broad comedies this year the change of pace feels refreshingly honest. Although some of the jokes border on being a bit too cynical at times, Addicted to Fresno's refreshing genre-mixing comedy has enough gags and emotional beats to keep you interested in the long run.

But ultimately it's the dynamic between the whole main cast that makes the movie such a delight to watch. Anchored by some of the most talented and underrated names in Hollywood right now, Addicted to Fresno beams with an utterly infectious energy that permeates throughout the whole movie. Although the characters and jokes can occasionally get a bit heavy and a little darker than they probably should, the chemistry between the main actors always elevates what could have been an indulgently cynical screenplay. Unfortunately, at barely 80 minutes, it can occasionally feel like the film could have benefited from having a little more meat on its bones, as some characters are seemingly dropped from the movie without any real closure. Even then though, I'd rather the film leave me wanting more than overstay its welcome.

Regardless of these minor criticisms, when it comes down to it Addicted to Fresno is one of the most refreshing films of the year. Never failing to make the most of its incredibly talented cast, Babbit's flick moves along at break-neck speed, perfectly weaving between moments of surreal slapstick and genuinely affecting and down-to-earth character beats. While the main sister dynamic could appear at first a bit one-dimensional, both Lyonne and Greer are given the time and the focus to grow their parts into fully-formed and nuanced characters. With its unconventional narrative and edgy independent leanings, Addicted to Fresno more than makes up for the lack of memorable comedies so far this year.