|Directed by:||Colin Trevorrow|
|Written by:||Derek Connolly|
|Cast:||Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson|
I love Aubrey Plaza. She's adorable. She's hilarious. I'm glad she finally got a starring role. It's just a little disappointing this movie wasn't better. But it's really not her fault, so I hope to see her in something else soon.
The biggest beef I had with this flick was Mark Duplass. So much of the film's charm and central relationship was hinged on his character and his performance was so over the top that it was impossible to take it seriously. The story line and character development for all of the other characters was built perfectly but Duplass played the role like a mix between Dwight from the Office and Napolean Dynamite. It was just too goofy to take seriously.
The same can be said for the director. The tone is too inconsistent to carry the dramatic weight the script intends and brings up too many dark emotional moments to be the light hearted comedy it sells itself as. It's as if you're watching Brett Ratner direct Heat as an ensemble buddy cop movie. Okay, maybe not that bad, but you get the idea.
Plaza seems to be the only actor/actress in the film that can properly balance the serious portions of the film with the humorous. Her deadpan delivery is used perfectly and her quiet anti-social character seems to fit her quirky acting quite nicely. It's subtle, yet incredibly effective.
But most of that is due to the incredibly well written script. The story really has all of it's characters laid out nicely, it's the execution that botches what could have been a great film and turns it into just an above average film.