The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

The Incredible Jessica James
Director: Jim Strouse
Writer: Jim Strouse
Cast: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stanfield, Noël Wells, Taliyah Whitaker,
Sarah Jones
Seen on: 6.1.2018

Jessica (Jessica Williams) is a playwright with a whole lot of rejection letters to prove it. She makes her living as a theater teacher for children. And she just broke up with her boyfriend Damon (Lakeith Stanfield), a break-up that still gnaws at her although she was the one who instigated it. When she starts dating again, she meets Boone (Chris O’Dowd). They get along, but Boone has just been divorced and is equally hung up on his past relationship as Jessica is on hers. Nevertheless, there is something between them that both want to follow up on.

The Incredible Jessica James isn’t a re-invention of anything, but it is a super-sweet, super-nice film with great character and performances that are simply enjoyable. It’s absolutely lovely.

The Incredible Jessica James seems made for one main purpose and that’s show just how talented and amazing and beautiful Jessica Williams is. Good news: she proves at every turn and in every scene that it really is true, she is all that. It’s fantastic to watch. She‘s fantastic to watch

Chris O’Dowd is also lovely as Boone, a love interest who caters perfectly to my taste. I honestly couldn’t say who I liked more, Boone or Jessica (hello bisexuality) and it was wonderful to see them both grow and develop throughout the film.

It’s also really nice that the film has a very adult approach to relationships. Not only that both Boone and Jessica have their scars from previous relationships that are neither overdramatized nor ignored, they are communicating very openly and honestly with each other and that frankness is often missing in portrayals of relationship in films.

There is not much depth to the film, but The Incredible Jessica James shows that you don’t necessarily need much depth to make a good film that achieves what it sets out to do: entertain and make you fall in love with its protagonists and their respective actors (again).

Summarizing: sugar to the max.

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