Its a Disaster
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Such is the premise for this black comedy which mocks the mating and social habits of thirty-something suburbanites trying to maintain viable and interesting long-term relationships and marriages while beset by triviality and boredom. The movie is well-written and well-acted and often very funny. Despite the cosmic events going on outside the duct-taped semi-detatched where all the action takes place, these couples remain fixated on their indiscretions and infidelities.
Another couple who always show up late are refused admission and left to die on the doorstep. "You're so inconsiderate. You never come on time. People cook food to be eaten hot and you never come on time," the Julia Stiles character tells her friend outside who is breathing nerve gas.
The new boyfriend turns out to be a scary Christian fundamentalist. The ditzy new age vegan woman is just as shallow as she seems. The nerdy one who buys comic books on e-bay is convinced aliens are attacking. The math teacher who has been engaged for six years but never set a date wants to be a dope fiend.
It's different and very good.
Here's the scoop. Four couples, some married some not, gather for a Sunday brunch. Before things get rolling stuff starts to happen. Cell phones, land lines, computers etc all go on the fritz. It turns out dirty bombs have been detonated in various cities across the country and it's but a few hours before these folks have left to live. So what do they do?
As I mentioned this is an absurdist comedy. You start by meeting these people and you get a feel for the dynamic in place. Tracy (Julia Stiles) is bringing her new boyfriend Glen (David Cross) to introduce him to the crew. Shane (Jeff Grace) is there with his fiance Hedy (America Ferrera). They've been engaged for four years with no wedding date in sight. Emma and Pete Mandrake are hosting but have not told their friends of their impending divorce. Lexi and Buck Kivel are present and seemed to have seduced most everyone else there. So when the word comes down on what has happened these folks don't react in a way I'd figure most folks would react. It were almost as though it didn't happen. The attendee's pretty much keep up with the small time, petty b.s. they'd begun with. I have to assume that writer/director Todd Berger is presenting this as a sign of our times. The Shane character is way too absorbed in comic book culture. When he gets the news of the bombings he's trying to determine how long it is before people "turn" (into the walking dead I presume). And the Mandrakes, even though they are divorcing, are upset because they find out during all this that each has had an affair with one of the Kivels. This is all so counter-intuitive. It was tough to digest. I liked it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A not funny end of the world "comedy", to perhaps be compared with that other not funny end of the world comedy, "This is the End". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Crocodilian
Underrated comedy movie. Awesome timing and delivery from a number of the actors/actresses in the film. Loved Julia StilesPublished 4 months ago by Sam
Can't really tell you about the movie. I fell asleep. May try watching it again.Published 4 months ago by Billy Raymond
There is no blood and guts, just a story about 4 couples and how they handle the stress.Published 5 months ago by Sarah Field
I like it. the movie was very entertaining but the end was upsetting.Published 5 months ago by Jianna.Jamila