Cast: Jeremy Sless, Nick Grace & Alexandra Miles
Critics Rating: 3 stars
Director: Andrew Simonian
Duration: 1 hour, 14 minutes
Release details: 9/13/22 – Digital and VOD, North America
Two young boys are instructed to ask the same girl out, but it’s a bizarre competition they do not see coming. Who will win?
It’s a contest of the equals but the tasks are so weird and absurd that from the word go, this one promises to be a fun ride. And it is. Writer-director Andrew Simonian’s brief to his team and himself is clear – have fun. Irrespective of logic or conviction – just have fun so that his audience does too. And while that’s a great thought, he succeeds in creating moments of pure unadulterated, sometimes even slapstick comedy. There is repetition but consistency too.
The narrative is full of random situations that the characters have to tackle. It’s a fresh and different storyline that is also unpredictable. Dialogues are light and breezy and the actors seem to be clearly having a ball acting it out. The three main leads, especially the two boys Jeremy Sless and Nick Grace, who play Whalen and Davis respectively effortlessly play their roles, creating some LOL moments.
The film moves at a consistent pace and its short runtime is a huge plus. There aren’t too many dull moments here and it’s a roller-coaster ride you can take without reading too much into it. Not every film is meant to be a cinematic masterpiece. Some films are made purely for the reason of entertainment and if it manages to do that then it is mission accomplished, even with obvious flaws.