This unique movie get a resounding 4 Icees out of 5. When I watched the trailer for this movie, I immediately thought of Gone Girl (which is an excellent movie, I might add). Throw in Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively and I was all in. What I ended up with however was something different. Something unlike anything I had seen before, and I always enjoy when I find movies like that.
For one, the movie is much more fun/funnier than the trailers let on, but it’s not a comedy. I would classify it as a comedy-thriller. As the trailers indicate, you take a shy, naive single mom (Anna) and mix her in with a lovely woman-about-town (Blake) and throw in that woman going missing and you end up with a mystery that only gets more twisted and interesting as it unfolds. There is a little predictability, but just when you think you know what’s going to happen next, there is a twist that shakes things up.
This movie is R-rated and it would be rated as such just for the language alone (many, many f-bombs), but you throw in a dash of violence (but not the graphic violence that you might think of with a movie like this), a single drug use scene, and an “unusual” graphic nude image and you get a solid R. With Paul Feig directing (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) I would expect nothing less than quirkly, profane and unusual. This delivers on what I think is his best movie to date.
I have to confess I’ve never watched a Blake Lively movie (other than Green Lantern) and never watched Gossip Girl so for me, this was her first movie in a starring role and she rocked and shocked it. Some of the things she says are just… wow… I’ve seen Anna in many things (isn’t she in every movie nowadays?) and she when stereotypical here with the naive single mom role, but pulled it off amazingly well. Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) did a stellar job as the husband, but this was all about the ladies, and that’s a good thing. I like a movie with strong female characters where the guy plays second (or third) fiddle.
This is a good movie; one worth seeing. If you like a movie that tells a story without having to get all up in your face about it, this is that type of film.
There are no scenes during the credits.