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The Big Ask

Studio: Tribeca Film
Directed by Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman

May 30, 2014 Web Exclusive
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When your mother dies of cancer, the natural response is to tell your best friends you want to have an orgy with their girlfriends to help you heal; at least, that’s what writer/co-director Thomas Beatty wants you to believe. Andrew (David Krumholtz) is grieving for his mother and wants to feel love, since he lost so much of it when she died. He invites his girlfriend, two best friends, and their respective girlfriends to spend a week at the desert vacation home he’s rented, ostensibly so they can all hang out and ease his mournful mind. When they arrive, Andrew tells them of his plan and ignores their protesting. He wants his orgy, and his best friends can give in or be damned.

It’s hard to tell what’s most dislikeable about this film. The meandering, aimless plot that stretches a five minute idea into a 90 minute feature moves at such a slow pace at times that moss grows on it? The contrived and meaningless subplots – involving a lost dog and a drunken divorcee – that do absolutely nothing for the story? Perhaps the implausibility of the premise of the movie is most lamentable; a guy asks his best friends to let him sleep with their girlfriends, because he is sad? And no one gets mad at him? No one throws a right hook at his face? Alas, it is the characters that take the cake for most despicable part of the film. Andrew is a terrible person. There is nothing redeeming about him, and it is unfortunate to be subjected to him for 90 minutes. His girlfriend comes across as weak, as do his best friends. When one of the potential lovers readily entertains the orgy idea, she too loses all credibility as a person worth caring about. None of the characters deserve one another, nor do they deserve an audience’s time, money, or care.

The biggest ask for this movie would be to ask someone to watch it twice.

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