My second day of the Florida Film Festival began with “Girl Flu.”, a coming-of-age comedy that I hadn’t hear of prior to the festival announcement, but I was intrigued by the marketing material that I had seen.
I have to say that I was definitely pleased by the film. The coming-of-age genre is very much tried-and-true, but I think that this film offers a somewhat unique approach. At its heart, it is the story of the teenage girl, Bird, who is experiencing her first period. On the other hand, it can also be seen as the story of her mother, with Bird’s story as a metaphorical representation of the developments in the mother’s life. It doesn’t have very much commentary, but it does have a story that is universally understood, male or female, young or old. The characters are also extremely sympathetic, and the humor is extremely funny.
The filmmaking of the film was pretty good. The cinematography wasn’t anything revolutionary, but there were a few interesting shots, and a story of this type doesn’t necessarily warrant anything flashy. The soundtrack has its moments for me. I thought that the opening song choice was slightly annoying, but the rest of the soundtrack fit the tone of the film pretty well. The acting in the film is also great. The protagonist is very well acted by Jade Pettyjohn, as is her mother, played by Katee Sackhoff. They deliver the emotional beats well, but do well in the comedic moments too. Supporting actor Jeremy Sisto is also good in his role as comedic relief.
Overall, I really enjoyed “Girl Flu.”. It was a pretty unique, very funny film with great character development. It is definitely going to be one of my favorite indie films from the festival.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at a film festival.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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