Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Intervention (2016)

Director: Clea DuVall. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Alia Shawkat, Cobie Smulders. 90 min. Rated R. Drama/Comedy.

A few friends gather in a mansion on a weekend, to convince two friends to get a divorce. I'm guessing this synopsis sounded interesting (it definitely worked on me), but when panned out in a movie, you suddenly realize how ludicrous it is. I mean, if you have friends who secretly make such plans for you, you must have some god-awful theories about friendship. DuVall has written interesting dialogue and characters for her directorial debut (especially for Lynsky), but the core concept just bogs the movie down, and having seen some movies helps you predict the ending.

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