A Comedy Not to Be Reckoned With
Year Released: 2023
Director(s): Jason Avezzano
Writer(s): Leila Gorstein, Jesse Kendall
Cast: Leila Gorstein, Jesse Kendall, Rob Grabowski, EJ Cameron, Zoe Agapinan, George Elrod, Lauren Summers, Tyler Davis
Where To Watch: 2023 Slamdance Film Festival Premiere. Screen this and more at Slamdance Film Festival
RAVING REVIEW: In a world” where Hallmark meets its foil, we get the ultimate parody that will leave you chuckling from start to finish. LOVE DUMP is a cunning and clever parody that expertly subverts the conventions of the romantic comedy genre.
You can tell that the cast and crew created this from their passion for making an enjoyable comedy. The film's protagonist, a quirkily independent shop owner, endeavors to keep her business afloat while searching for her missing father. The film's unique premise of finding value in the seemingly valueless is both amusing and thought-provoking, as it challenges viewers to reconsider their perceptions of what “garbage” is.
One of the leads, Jessica Dump, played by the hilarious Leila Gorstein (as well as writing, producing, etc.), is an endearing and relatable heroine, her journey is filled with obstacles and challenges, yet her determination and optimism never falter. The male lead, Todd Barkley, played by Jesse Kendall (also writing, producing, etc.), is a lawyer specializing in an unusual field and is the ultimate counter to the protagonist; their chemistry is undeniable.
The film's pacing is well-balanced, with a harmonious blend of lighthearted comedy and “heart-wrenching” drama. The climax is particularly effective, forcing the characters to confront their past mistakes and make difficult choices, and the resolution is both satisfying and uplifting.
It is a great pleasure to watch a movie that can be enjoyed without analyzing every frame or breaking down every performance, and it is a nice change of pace. In conclusion, LOVE DUMP is a refreshing and unique romantic comedy that leaves a lasting impression. Its simplicity and effortless viewing (only 51m) make it a joy to watch, and its positive message is sure to resonate with audiences of all ages. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a feel-good and uplifting film experience.
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