Netflix Review: Get the Grift (2021)

Certificate: 15

Director: Pedro Antônio Paes

Screenwriter: Fil Braz

Starring: Zeca Carvalho, Thelmo Fernandes, Caito Mainier

Genre: Crime, Comedy

Runtime: 94 Minutes

Language: Portuguese

Rating: 2 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

After a botched scam, Clóvis bumps into Lohane, his estranged foster sister. In a bind, they soon realize the only way out is to band together. – From IMDB

Sometimes I wonder why I put myself through comedies.  I know they aren’t my favourite, and that there is a high percentage that I will not enjoy them.  But somehow I always hold out hope that this time will be different.  On occasion, a comedy has surprised me and I have had an enjoyable time.  Sadly, this was not one of those times.

The story focusses on out two main characters Lohane and Clovis, and both of them are pretty unlikable people.  Which is a serious problem when they are really the only two people in your movie with any serious amount of screen time.  Clovis is a generally awful person, taking advantage of basically everyone, never doing an honest turn in his life.  He is the one you can always rely on to make the selfish decision.  And Lohane is just whiny and annoying the whole way through.  Complaining constantly about her lot in life, but doing nothing to help herself and just going along with all the crazy schemes because she says she has no other option.  It’s hard to like or care about either of these characters.

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The story had some promise, as do most heist/con man type films.  But the problem is that the method that they used for every con was basically the same, and so it got boring and repetitive real quickly, plus the suspension of belief needed to accept that they could get away with half of what they get away with is off the charts.  Clovis’ change of heart towards the end is far too sudden to seem believable, and Lohane has absolutely no character development whatsoever.

This isn’t a film that I can recommend at all.  I would just skip it, there are far better films available on Netflix.

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