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 … More
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Critic Reviews for The Pill
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.
Audience Reviews for The Pill
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.
The biggest flaw, at least for me, was that it seemed like you were supposed to root for the main character who was the one cheated. Not your typical romantic comedy at all. They made the cheater look like the good guy and the ending was very anticlimactic. Though the story was original, I didn't really like the characters that much.
Unlikeable characters, uninteresting plot, and why did Hulu lie to me and say this was a comedy? Not only were none of the main characters likeable, neither were any of the side bit characters. Except maybe Jim. If the one character you can feel any compassion towards is only in the movie for 5 minutes it's really not worth watching. Noah Bean has very pretty eyes though.
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