"Some Freaks" was my second film of three on my first day at the Florida Film Festival, and it was my shot in the dark. I knew little about it, and I had seen no marketing material, but it was a narrative competition film, and I liked the main actor.
The film is definitely not what I had expected. I thought it would be a teen dramedy in line with "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl", however, it was much more raunchy than that. In fact, the film lingered on a lot of the raunchier elements for much longer than it had to. The plot of the film was pretty formulaic, but it did have some funny moments. Other jokes were over-the-top and offensive. There were also some awkwardly-written moments and some moments that just didn't make much sense in context of the film. These moments kept me from fully sympathizing with the characters.
The cinematography of this film was absolutely horrible. The opening shots of the film are nauseating. The rest of the film is very shaky, with out-of-focus shots throughout. It had a very indie feel to it, and not in a good way. Unfortunately, the filmmaker's inexperience shows. The acting in the film is pretty good, though. Thomas Mann and Lily Mae Harrington are both solid as the leads. Marin Ireland also delivers a scene-stealing supporting performance.
At film festivals, you win some and you lose some. Even though it had some funny moments, I think that this is an overall loss. With some revisions, it could have been a really good film, but the product is just mediocre.
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at a film festival.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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