Sigh. I had so much hope for this film, unfounded hope, but hope none the less. Sadly this film fails on all fronts. It can be summarized in one sentence, at one point Lauren Conrad, from The Hills, makes a cameo and is treated like the Dali Lama, not for comedic effect. Lauren Conrad’s appearance anywhere should be treated only for comedic effect.
Recap: Let me begin by saying that every plot summary of this film sounds way better than the actual film, I’m going to attempt to recap the plot as realistically as possible. Kim (Krysten Ritter) lives with her best friend Deena (Kate Bosworth) and another girl Laura (Rachel Bilson), in a big house in Silverlake (more on this later) Los Angeles. The movie begins with the worst excuse for not using a condom I’ve ever seen, Deena took the last one, but that doesn’t stop Kim from boning some random dude.
You skip ahead one year later, and Kim has given birth to a baby boy, this is 12 months in the future which makes the baby three months, when in reality he’s more like 9 months old. Kim and the baby’s father have been splitting time, but he has decided to go surfing instead, so he’s out of the picture. Kim then spends the rest of the film, juggling being a single mom trying to make her dream come true, building a dog mall (an idea so ridiculous that I didn’t believe she was serious until she actually realized it was ridiculous.) Kim meets a guy but lies to him about having a baby, so that goes poorly, she gets in a childish fight with Deena over a book deal she’s been offered and then moves out. Blah, Blah, Blah, I might have missed some things in the middle there, but none of it matters.
This is how Netflix described the movie: “Hipsters from the trendy Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles contend with adulthood in this woman-powered comedy. When one of them gives birth to a baby, her roomie resolves to not let this new responsibility hamper their lifestyle.” I think they watched a different movie. Even if the film wasn’t good, I was hoping that I could spend some time reminiscing about my own time in Silverlake. There was very little Silverlake to be had, nor would I call the characters hipsters.
I could sit here and pick apart this entire film and explain to you just what made it so awful, but it can all be summarized like this, the film never decides if it’s satire or gritty realism. Clearly some of the characters are over the top Hollywood stereotypes, while others (attempt) to be realistic interpretations. In the end you never know what’s funny, and what’s dramatic, especially when the drama is given no weight at all. In fact, there never seem to be any stakes at all, so when everything works out in the end, there’s no sigh of relief. You just nod you’re head acknowledging the only possible outcome.
Everything began to make sense to me when I realized that the film was written and directed by Ritter and her friend Kat Coiro, everything about this film reeks of a rookie project. The acting is mostly fine, and the directing is passible, but it’s the script that literally eats (most) the actors alive, some of them couldn’t have done any better with a good script.
The last point I want to drive home about this film is the baby. I’ve never seen a movie centered around a baby where the viewer had no emotional investment in it whatsoever. The baby could easily have driven the emotionally void scenes, but because we don’t care about him we end up feeling nothing. For whatever reason the writers decided to begin the story after the baby is born, skipping over all the real drama that takes place during pregnancy. Imagine Juno, Knocked Up, or For Keeps, only taking place after the baby is born. That’s a really boring movie.
This was easy, not only did Netflix totally miss the target with the film’s description, but I couldn’t find a single connection to New York, I Hate You. They shared nothing in common, besides both films being low budget indie projects that were ill conceived, and poorly executed. Netflix does not get the point.
Netflix: 6 wins 6 loses Check back next time when I watch The Best and the Brightest. My expectations are low.