Forgetting the Girl Movie Review
Written by Jersey John
DVD released by RAM Releasing
Directed by Nate Taylor
Written by Peter Moore Smith
2012, 85 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on April 1st, 2014
Christopher Denham as Kevin Wolf
Anna Camp as Adrienne Gilcrest
Lindsay Beamish as Jamie
Elizabeth Rice as Beth Dalewell
The world of dating can be an absolute nightmare. Ask any one of your single friends how much of a joy it is being barraged with the happiness of those in committed relationships, all while they're hoping the next date they go on isn't a copycat of the Craigslist Killer. The bar scene is hit or miss and online dating, while more of a direct route, can be a haven for closet narcissists. Whatever the route is that people end up taking, there is always more risk than reward. That's just the name of the game. This brings me to a film that I was more than happy to experience: Nate Taylor's Forgetting the Girl.
The plot focuses around Kevin Wolfe, a freelance photographer working in arguably one of the roughest cities for dating (and everything else for that matter), New York City. Emotionally damaged from witnessing the drowning of his sister when he was younger, Kevin has never had much luck in the department of romance and compatibility with the opposite sex. As he meets new clients, mostly female actors seeking head shots, Kevin awkwardly asks each one of them out, knowing that the worst they can say to him is no. Over and over, Kevin is rejected by woman after woman. He begins to start a quasi-ritual of "forgetting" these girls by replacing their rejections with other activities that will hopefully replace his awkward experiences. All off this seems to change, however, when one of Kevin's dates seemingly goes missing. What follows next is a mixture of suspense and pure emotion that follow the film to its most startling conclusion.
Forgetting the Girl took me by complete surprise because I was fortunate enough not to look into the plot at all before watching it. What seems like its going to be a romantic comedy about an awkwardly introverted man searching for love quickly turns on its audience, leaving the feeling of uneasiness and discomfort in its place. Mixing voiceover narrative with the traditional storytelling of a movie is the perfect combination to slowly unveil Kevin's character, played by Christopher Denham. After being rejected over and over again, you can slowly see him become more desperate for every other girl he becomes interested in. The supporting role of Jamie, played by Elizabeth Beamish, shows her own inner demons and how Kevin slowly transforms to handle them towards the climax of the film. What may seem like a slow burn of a film to some will absolutely pay off in the last half of the film.
Writer Peter Moore Smith and director Nate Taylor have come together to deliver a truly character driven narrative that slowly releases more of its suspense and thrills as the film progresses. If you're looking for a fast paced thriller with a high body count and buckets of gore, you may want to look elsewhere but you'd be depriving yourself of a great cinematic experience. Camerawork is flawless and casting is spot on in this independent release. I am looking forward to see what else Taylor and Smith can bring to the table if they ever choose to work together again.
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