I realized a long time ago that I had a unreasonable amount of time on my hands for a 20 something. I don’t party, much. I only drink on occasion. And I spend most of my free time either gaming or watching random movies on Netflix. Yes, I have a girlfriend, but considering she has a life as well this leaves me with insane amounts of free time. So, I am going to try a new try of movie reviewish thing. This is more my raw thoughts towards the movie and how I felt about it rather than giving it a traditional grade.
With that being said, I give you “Pretend We’re Kissing”
If I had to describe this movie in one word it would be awkward. Seriously, no joke, they could have changed the name of the movie to Awkward and it would have been just fine. The main character Benny, Dov Tiefenbach, is a introvert who kinda meets a girl at a concert and never says anything to her. He then sees the girl later and she makes the first move. We spend most of the movie in the mind of the main character as we get to hear the things he stops himself from saying. We also get an introduction to his newly nudist roommate Autumn, Zoe Kravitz, who is mooching off of him.
I can tell you right now that Autumn is a completely useless character. If you took her out of the movie entirely it wouldn’t have changed the overall plot. She seems to only be there to be ridiculous. The story manages to somehow only get more awkward from there. After getting the girl Benny manages to somehow out awkward himself and mess that up to. There was a sex scene that made me wince in pain. Pain! Why am I watching this? While we are in that vein, some of the scenes drag on a little to long. I swear Autumn was hugging Benny for a solid three minutes. The sad part is that I know exactly what its like to be Benny. To be stuck inside your own head. Its a beautifully painful experience.
Sex scene number two and I’m still wincing. I understand the story that they are trying to tell, but it doesn’t stop it from making me want to claw my eyes out. This is the classic tale of be careful what you wish for. Benny wanted the girl, he got the girl, then he fucked it up. He was so focused on getting something he never had before that when he got it he didn’t know what to do with it. He wasn’t ready.
In all honesty, as much as I want to rag on this movie it is a perfect example of relationships in real life. Sometimes you don’t get a second chance, and you have to just make sure that you are better for the next person.