It's a Disaster (2013)



Critic Consensus: A clever black comedy, It's a Disaster is sometimes uneven but the sharp writing and stellar ensemble cast keeps the film on track.

Movie Info

Eight friends meet for their monthly "couples brunch." But what starts as an impromptu therapy session / airing of domestic grievances takes a sudden, catastrophic turn when the city falls victim to a mysterious attack. Trapped in the house and unsure of their fates, these seemingly normal people become increasingly unhinged to hilarious, surprising, and revealing results. (c) Oscilloscope

Rating: R (for language including sexual references, and some drug content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Todd Berger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2013
Box Office: $57.2k
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Critic Reviews for It's a Disaster

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (15)

The humour may not be wickedly black, but once in a while it's amusingly beige.

Full Review… | April 19, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

You certainly wouldn't want to spend your last moments with this bunch, but a couple of hours watching them is enjoyable enough.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

You need better dialogue than Berger supplies to help It's a Disaster make a liar out of its title.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The movie's funniest touches are quiet flashes of character, expertly timed and nimbly played by a deft ensemble. "It's a Disaster" is consistently funny, but you wince more often than you laugh out loud.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Berger never takes the camera more than a few yards outside the house, but that's fine; there's plenty going on inside, as characters carom off each other like billiard balls, slipping down pockets of misunderstanding and jealousy.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The movie elicits knowing smiles more than laughs, even as it reveals a boundless observational awareness about the beefs and slights that, for the small-minded, must feel like everyday Armageddons.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for It's a Disaster

There are have been many independent films coming out that feature a rag-tag group of friends hashing out their issues in an enclosed space, a la bottle episodes of TV shows. Unlike those films, this film correctly edges humor in its characters, and also explores really interesting and thoughtful issues. The characters are unexpectedly fun to watch and their reactions to the end of the world are exceptional and downright laughable. Cross entertains throughout, but especially at the end, Ferrara is perky but negative towards the outcome, Hayes and Miller have superb chemistry as a separated married couple, and Stiles' remains shamelessly self-serving, a radical idea to the other characters. It's possible that the adorable ending also pushed me into liking this film, as it was unexpected. It's great to see a film be okay with not resolving everything, not tying up its character development into a little bow and yelling, "Done!" Of all the indies I've watched lately, this one actually surprised me, which is hard to do.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Average at best. Not bad. Not great. Barely a chuckle from me...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Funny and quirky are the two words to best describe this movie. I really liked it. I loved the odd banter and all of the unique characters. I also liked the way it was filmed. It's not a movie that looked like it took a lot of effort to create. It kind of made you feel like you were a fly on the wall and a part of the story. I would definitely watch this again.


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