Desperados (2020) A Review

Oh dear.  I think this one may have actually melted my brain.  It’s a terribly over the top cringe comedy with the most ridiculous plot. 

Certificate: 15

Director: LP

Screenwriter: Ellen Rapoport  

Starring: Robbie Amell, George Basil, Sarah Burns

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Runtime: 105 Minutes

Rating: 2 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

A panicked young woman, who is have a terrible run of bad luck, convinces her reluctant friends to  travel to Mexico with her after she sends a drunken email to her new boyfriend thinking he wanted to break up with her.  In reality he was in a car accident and was put in a coma.  Cue crazy antics to try and break into his hotel room and try and delete the email before he sees it.

Everything about this film just made me uncomfortable.  Or was completely ridiculous.  Or just made no sense at all.  The plot line was just insane and because Wes was not a particularly complex or interesting character, I didn’t really care about the main story at all.  The side stories involving her friends were actually much more interesting they had a more developed character.  It wasn’t until the end when Wesley has the stereotypical personality overhaul that always happens at the end of these films, that she becomes an even halfway decent person.

The comedy here is very much of the cringe variety.  The whole film pretty much revolves around Wes making a total fool of herself for a guy that she has known for about a month.  She gets herself into some truly ridiculous situations and doesn’t seem to have an ounce of common sense.  There are some funny moments but most of it is just cringe worthy,  There is a part involving the genitals of a dolphin that I will not forget in a hurry, and not only for the woefully bad CGI that was used.  Yikes!

The ending we eventually get was pretty obvious.  Of course, Wes has a huge journey of self-discovery and magically when she finishes this journey everything in her life starts to go right etc ect.  I am glad about the way that film ended up, but I don’t think we need any more ‘Girl changes her personality completely to suit a guy and then finds out it isn’t worth it’ romantic comedies.  These have been done to death and at this point, there is really nothing new that they can do to make these plots interesting.

The performances by all the actors was pretty good, the material they were given was a little rough but the three main women played by Anna Camp, Sarah Burns and Nasim Pedrad had really great chemistry on screen together, especially when they weren’t trying to be funny. The female friendship shown in this film is great.  It’s the rest of it I can’t stand.

I can’t say that I recommend this film, but if you are a fan of romantic comedies, and you haven’t had your fill of this kind of plotline yet, you can check this out on Netflix now!


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