Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 2017. Amazon Studios, Bona Fide Productions, Big Indie Pictures. Screenplay by Allan Loeb. Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh. Produced by Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa. Music by Rob Simonsen. Production Design by David Gropman. Costume Design by Michelle Matland, Ann Roth. Film Editing by Tim Streeto.
Callum Turner does his best with a wooden screenplay as a recent college graduate who is as conflicted about his choice of future employment as he is frustrated by the crush he has on his best friend (Kiersey Clemons). Two events push him in a new direction and have him re-evaluating everything in his life: he spots his father (Pierce Brosnan) cheating on his mentally ill mother (Cynthia Nixon) with a young, beautiful woman (Kate Beckinsale), and in his building meets a struggling writer (Jeff Bridges) who has plenty of life advice to offer over a bottle of whiskey in his empty apartment. Turner stalks Beckinsale and eventually meets her, which then leads to them having a steamy, Mrs. Robinson-esque affair at the same time that Clemons starts to actually return his feelings. The conundrum this puts him in means he consults Bridges over his woman problem while also unburdening himself about his anxieties over his parents. Beautifully photographed and featuring a stellar cast, the best of them Brosnan as the elegant gentleman twisting his morality to suit himself, this film meanders in search of tension and never finds it, dragged down by poor dialogue and a third-act twist that, while nothing short of preposterous, is also where the film finally announces what it’s actually about.