Ask anyone who's involved in a relationship that has a considerable amount of time tacked on to it, to give you one single pearl of wisom about being in a relationship and I believe they'll all tell you, "It's hard work". This new comedy from writer/director Michael David Lynch explores what happens to one couple's relationship when it's confronted with financial stability and complacency.
It's made abundantly clear from jump street that Cam and Alice are in a long, loving relationship. But after a visit with their accountant, Cam realizes quickly that Alice is the Breadwinner in their relationship. Clearly this seems to emasculate Cam, so from then on he is under the gun to find a steady income! Which then leads him to start working some Very odd jobs and thus puts a strain on the relationship. So it poses the question: Can the relationship sustain all this hurtle, and will Cam step up to the plate and show that he can "bring home the bacon"?
This kind of comedy was challenging to watch, For Me! Since there is a lot of honesty in the story and the humor, it delivers a lot of embarrassing situations and moments. And anyone who knows me knows that I'm not the biggest fan of sitting through embarrassment - whether it's my own or someone else's. And there were many moments and situations that were torturous for me. But I feel that was a big part of the movie's charm! The moments of awkwardness and embarrassment and just the very honest humor in the story. When I started watching the film in fact, I did feel like I was watching a Judd Apatow comedy, only more quicker, more compacted and less lengthy. However that's what I loved about the tone, because I am a big fan of Judd Apatow's movies!
And because I love that kind of honest and authentic humor, things felt more relatable and more true to what could actually happen in life. And the cast also had a lot to do with making it feel more relatable! To my delight I noticed some familiar faces; and also I saw some new faces as well! I'm usually good with remembering faces if not the names, and though they have done TV and Film in their careers, it's a shame I had missed them up until now - Joe Burke and Benita Robledo were fairly fresh faces to me. Although I have to say I am so happy that I was introduced to their performances and who they are through this movie because they were just delightful to watch! I felt they had such great chemistry together and they played incredibly well off of each other! So much so that their performances felt supremely natural, and that made me care about their characters and rooted for their relationship, and the rest of the cast as well had this naturalistic ease to their performances and delivery to the humor.
In all honesty, I had not heard of Michael David Lynch before tonight, but just as I was happy to be introduced to the likes of Joe Burke and Benita Robledo by way of this movie, I am tremendously happy to have discovered Michael and have gotten the chance to see this picture - I am officially a fan of him and his work, and I very much look forward to seeing more of this talented man's films in the future! In the meantime, my suggestion is to keep your eyes peeled for this movie when you get a chance to see it!
Dependent's Day Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"