Almost Adults full movie review - Falls short of the triumph that was promised
It's such a shame that this film fell short of expectations but it really did. I contributed to the kickstarter and I was psyched to do so, Sarah and Adrianna proved their talent over and over again with their Youtube channel and clever comedy.
Perhaps this could've worked if they were in front of the camera and not behind it.
First things first, this was a good idea, the concept is a solid idea, it just doesn't work for film. By the time we're in the throws of Mackenzie and Cassie fighting I still don't really care about them, no depth is explored to their friendship and as such when they fight it doesn't tug on my heartstrings the way it should. If they had done this as a full length series with more time invested in their relationship its history and its development I think it could have worked. 5 minute montage scene does not a history make.
Secondly, as strange as this sounds I just didn't see "friendship" chemistry between Elise and Natasha which is strange since they've obviously worked together for awhile. The only natural scenes seemed to gel with Levi, who provided 90% of the humour despite his small role. The intended humour between Mackenzie and Cassie fell flat, resorting to LGBT stereotypes that are just too burnt out for the straight writers let alone a gay one.
Thirdly, by casting LGBT folk heroes in the means of Elise and Natasha they ensured an audience but sacrificed some serious acting chops. They'll be wonderful in ten years I have no doubt about that, but they're earning their stripes and they bit off more than they could chew here. Perhaps if you'd cast one of them and then a newbie it could have worked but an established canon was constantly in mind during the scenes and I found myself looking for the soya blood milk carton for half the film.
There was a lot of over promising for this film. The delayed release helped in subduing excitement for finally seeing it. I don't regret contributing to the kickstarter, but I won't be doing it again. Stick with pillow talk, it's hilarious.