What the bloody bollocking hell did I just watch…
Studio: Indie Rights
Director: Lisa Mikitarian
Cast : Sally Anderson, Darren Barzegar, Erin Harth, Sonya Kalian, Connie Lamothe, Janna Livingston
Now I am no stranger to the Dark Comedy genre, I mean come on I am British after all. So when I received Spent, a movie branded with the tagline Ruthless People meets Fargo well there was no way I was letting this one fly by without a cheeky watch. Throw in some cheeky Comedy Awards on the Indie movie circuit and you got me.
Winner Best Comedy at the American Filmatic Arts Awards, SPENT is a tale of greed, love, and most of all…rat poison.
Then Spent happened!!!
Spent is the story of Lonnie Schumacher (Darren Barzegar) and his mother Evelyn (Connie Lamothe), who are having the time of there life while penny pinching father and husband Herbert is laying dying in hospital with a brain tumor. Lonnie has huge plans of buying his dream car and riding off with his dream girl while his mother has taken up a relationship with another man… However Herbert makes a miraculous 4th of July recovery and is quickly inserted back into there life, what are they to do?. Well there is only one thing to do really… Herbert is about to wish that the Tumor had killed him!!!
Okay then let me put this up on front street for you all. This movie is Oh Kay?? I guess. Its a hard one to critique in a way because it does so many things right and very little wrong but there is just something lacking for me. The overall performances were just… Good. with a couple of stand out scenes (mostly coming from Madeline Mikitarian, who I thought got exactly what this film was). The script was by the numbers but decent enough to get by, honestly it was only really saved by the style and tone and soundtrack of this weird little movie.
I love the 40s/50s style Writer/Director Lisa Mikitarian is going for, it plays really well into the over the top over theatrical way the actors are playing the characters and in a crazy way slightly downplays the absurdity of the situation.
There are worse ways to spend your time than watching Spent. Its a quick enough and entertaining enough watch for my taste and if anything it calls back to a style and genre of movie rarely produced these days. Mikitarian has taken some what I would normally call Bold and Out There choices and made them work together in its own unique way making her someone I believe we should keep an eye on going forward.
Not my strongest recommend ever but its a recommend all the same, if you like your humor to be Cohen-esque then you should check this one out sometime.
SPENT opens December 15 in LA theaters and on VOD.