The Pill (2011)


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It happens. You meet someone at the bar, one thing leads to another, and the next thing you know you're waking up wondering (and potentially regretting) exactly what took place the night before. Such is the case for Fred, who starts to panic when his free-spirited one night stand, Mindy, informs him that she's not on birth control; but for some reason isn't too concerned. Determined not to become a father, Fred spends the day with Mindy under the guise of pursuing a serious relationship to make sure she takes both doses (taken 12 hours apart) of the morning-after pill. The result is an all-day adventure filled with socially awkward situations and untimely roadblocks as Fred struggles to preserve his New York City world. With a resolution finally in sight, the no-boundaries Mindy starts to grow on the overly anxious Fred, forcing him to make a decision that will change the rest of his life. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Pill

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Dec 16, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This might be more entertaining if any of the three main characters were at all likable.

Dec 15, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

While their story is feather-light, Khoury and his actors have each type down perfectly.

Dec 15, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What makes Khoury's film work-at least until its cop-out ending -- is the consistency of Fred's loathsomeness.

Dec 13, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 17, 2011 | Full Review…
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Writer-director J.C. Khoury has sensibility and a refreshing amount of sense, too.

Jan 4, 2012 | Full Review…

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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.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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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.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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