Plot: Andi (Constance Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) are about to get married. But first – a bachelorette weekend that they decided to do together with their friends Josh (Josh Fadem), Regular Helen (Ever Mainard), Vivien (Lauren Parks) and Lu’s sister Nikki (Jenée LaMarque). As they settle in to party, things get a little alcoholic and talk turns to sex, as they usually do on such occasions. Almost unwittingly and to Andi’s utter shock, Lu admits that she has never had an orgasm. That admission throws a serious wrench into their weekend.
The Feels might be improvised a little too much, but other than that I found it absolutely wonderful and lovely and entertaining.
XX is a strong and very entertaining anthology film that I enjoyed a lot. I particularly loved the animated transition sequences between the segments by Sofia Carrillo that turned into its own small story in the end.
But of course, there was also much to like about the actual segments of the film – I talk about each individually after the jump.
Owen (Adrian Grenier) has been estranged from his family and hasn’t been home in a long time. Now his girlfriend Isabelle (Angela Trimbur) is pregnant, she feels it’s important that Owen makes peace with his past. Reluctantly Owen agrees to bring Isabelle home to his grandmother Violet (Fionnula Flanagan) and his sister (AnnaLynne McCord) who was badly burned in a fire that killed their parents. Despite Owen’s warnings, though, Isabelle is completely unprepared for how awful Violet is. But she’s not one to give up easily.
Trash Fire is an appropriately trashy comedy with great dialogues and an even better cast. I thought it was fantastic.
When Amanda (Malin Akerman) was younger, she played a part in a slasher – Camp Bloodbath – that has since risen to cult status, but now she’s struggling through endless castings. At least she can always count on her daughter Max (Taissa Farmiga). But their harmonious, albeit precarious existence is blown apart when Amanda dies suddenly. Max tries her best to deal with her grief, but it’s hard. When there is a tribute screening of Camp Bloodbath, Max can barely bring herself to attend, but she lets herself get dragged there. Then she and her friends somehow get sucked into the film itself and maybe this time, Max will get the chance to save her mother’s life.
I absolutely loved Final Girls. It’s a genre-savy meta parody that has a lot of love for the movies it pokes fun at and it even adds an honest emotional core.