Free Samples Reviews
"Free Samples" does itself no favors by starting with the very disturbing sight of Jesse Eisenberg wearing a cowboy hat. Even if it was not slapdash and episodic, the movie would have had a hard time recovering from that. Plus, the movie is forced in being judgmental in showing what Jillian's life would be like if she does not get her life back together, instead of being relaxed in respecting a character's need for a break. On the plus side, there is a very neat turn from Tippi Hedren but that comes too little, too late.
It's the kind of movie that you really have no reason to see, as it will do nothing whatsoever to enhance your life, expand your mind, or even amuse you.
I would honestly only bother if you are down to watching this or staring at a wall.
It may seem a harsh critique but the script just doesn't fly. Jess Weixler, cast in the main role, is so deadpan she is the very embodiment of boredom. I know that just watching her made me yawn on more than one occasion. She is now typecast in my mind as extremely dull, so she will have to do some fairly amazing acting in future to change my opinion.
It's pretty sad when Jesse Eisenberg (whom I just don't find to be heartthrob material, no matter how much people harp on about "the anti hunk"), is the bright spot in a film. That bright spot, however, is more of a dull spark.
Some films are just a waste of time.