The Pill (2011)
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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.
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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.
What could have been a hidden gem on Netflix turned irritating quick when I realized how unlikeable the central characters were and really didn't give a damn about their plight. The plot synopsis is funny on its own, but it's not very truthful as it leads you to believe the guy gets up to a million hijinks trying to trick the girl into taking the other half of her pill, but it's more about the adventure he goes on trying to win her over and it wasn't nearly as engaging. The two actors are okay, and a surprise appearance from Anna Chlumsky (most famous from My Girl) was well-warranted, but none of these characters felt like human beings and the whole film felt forced to me. The ambiguous ending is a plus and there were sporadic chuckles throughout, but I'll honestly never remember this film past a few days, and I don't think the filmmakers were setting their sights all that high.
Loved it! Great storyline, kept me wanting to see what happened next. Provided a meaningful story along with humor.
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