Mary Poppins Returns
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Does the title refer to contraception? Or one of this sort-of comedy's three leads? It's a toss-up; everyone involved is just so irritating.
This might be more entertaining if any of the three main characters were at all likable.
While their story is feather-light, Khoury and his actors have each type down perfectly.
What makes Khoury's film work-at least until its cop-out ending -- is the consistency of Fred's loathsomeness.
Deftly avoiding both the haphazardness of mumblecore and the fakery of studio romantic comedies, Khoury deploys a light directorial touch marked by assured thesping and a genuine appreciation for neurotic angst.
Writer-director J.C. Khoury has sensibility and a refreshing amount of sense, too.
A surprising delight from start to finish, this is one rom-com with serious, and very funny, nerve.
The film's loses its appeal once we leave its original premise and its main female character's strangeness begins to look like mere naiveté.
A recognizably human rom-com, reflective of the realities of the twenty- and even early-thirtysomething dating scene, in which people mean well but often find their attempts at monogamy tested in unexpected ways.
Writer/director J. C. Khoury's debut feature, "The Pill," is the model of independent efficiency. It's a dose worth taking.
The characters were either deplorable or annoying to the point of excess. The central premise could have led to some really cute comedy, or at least something funny. This was dry, disgusting, and lame.
It has an exceptionally strong opening as well as a charming, well-filmed ending. The film also showcases quite believable performances from its leading actors as well as some hilarious and awkward moments. However, despite its accomplishment as an intimately filmed comedy, it suffers from a weak middle in which the director struggles to keep our interest in the plot and in which The Pill unfortunately drags and bores. The film is unable to keep interesting or exciting until it redeems itself in its final five minutes.
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