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The Layover Review

15 Sep

The only reason I spent a single penny on this movie was because William H. Macy and Alexandra Daddario were doing a Q&A. It was simultaneously the most pathetic Q&A I’ve ever seen and one of the best ones I will ever attend. Picture this: a large screening room, not even half full, at one of the very few theaters in the country that will be screening this critically panned, straight to VOD release. Add onto that the fact that goddamn William H. Macy directed it and showed up for this and that a conversation about Boogie Nights occurred. I’m so glad I went; the Q&A was intimate, fun, and loose, and the fact that there was no conceivable reason for it taking place made it even better. Plus, being in the same room as Alex Daddario consists of being assaulted by laser beams from her killer eyes, and talking to her will instantly liquefy your internal organs. “I love this broad!” was an actual quote from Macy early on during the Q&A. I relate.

Moving onto the movie itself because I’m obligated to talk about it: It’s bad. It’s not awful, but it’s bad. It’s shockingly regressive in its gender dynamics, emphatically unoriginal, and frequently unfunny. The character motivations and shifts are so simple and volatile to the point of being nonexistent, and I get no sense from the script that it cares one bit about any of these people. Supporting actors like Molly Shannon, Kal Penn, and Rob Corddry are utterly wasted, and lead actor Kate Upton would be wasted if she possessed any acting ability. The one bright light, however, is Alexandra Daddario, who honestly does a really great job with what she’s given. Maybe I have my blinders up, but I do think she’s a talented comedic actress who commits to this role with aplomb. Her character actually provides a significant amount of entertainment even as the screenplay consistently spews shit, and her physical, high-strung comedy helps mine for some desperately needed laughs. There’s also a five minute pool scene that completely surpasses anything Baywatch was able to do in its entire running time. I’m giving this a higher grade than it should get, but just know that it is entirely because of Alex. She deserves better.

Final note from the Q&A: Macy said that back in 2014, he was going to do an intro and Q&A for a screening of his first film, Rudderless, but there were only three people in the theater so he took them all out to a bar instead. Is that not one of the coolest things you have ever heard? It’s absolutely hilarious that he went from that film to this one, but I’m glad he’s doing what he wants to do.

GRADE: C

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3 Responses to “The Layover Review”

  1. Ricardo September 15, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

    Haha, maybe the description of the Q&A provides more laughs than this movie, which I’ve read is truly awful.

    • polarbears16 September 17, 2017 at 10:19 am #

      Q&A was definitely more entertaining.

  2. peggyatthemovies September 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    Fun! Fun! Fun! I wish you could’ve gone to the bar with him..That would’ve been a story all on it’s own.. I’ve had drinks with Macy & Felicity before.. they are a blast together..

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