Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.
USA, 2014. Bring Chase Productions, Red Headed Revolution Pictures. Screenplay by Matt Riddlehoover, Ethan James, Thashana McQuiston, Cliff Burr. Cinematography by Shane Bartlett, Josh Ickes. Produced by Jared Allman, Shane Bartlett, Matt Riddlehoover. Production Design by Ryan Ripley. Costume Design by Ryan Ripley. Film Editing by Miranda Megill, Matt Riddlehoover.
A second, equally strange exploration of Matt Riddlehoover’s original, beginning with a recreation of the first film’s events when it turns out that protagonist Darren’s ex-boyfriend has made a film about how he met and fell in love with his building’s superintendent Joe. Two years later the two of them are ready to call it quits, partly motivated by the reaction to this film, so Darren hits the road with the always salty-tongued Luce, planning for California where he will reunite with his mom and start his life again. The two don’t get very far, driving a few days and stopping for fast food a lot, but what’s really aggravating about this movie is that it takes 70 long minutes to not get very far either. It feels more like a bonus section on the DVD for Part 1, with more aimless conversations that contribute little to a central movement of plot, and benefits far too little from the upping of sexy imagery. There’s a tad bit more flesh but still very little indulgence, including what promises to be a hot massage scene that goes nowhere, while having a famous face like Charlie David performing in the film-within-the-film is not nearly as fun as you would hope. The acting is still first-take terrible, but at least this time around the sound is better and you can understand what everyone is saying.