Tuesday, April 16, 2013
DIFF Review: Raunchy romcom, The Bounceback, may well become a cult classic
It's a great balance of "air sex" and heart.
DALLAS Film festivals often screen dark, heavy, thought-provoking films. This year, the Dallas International Film Festival featured plenty of the heavyweights, but it also screened a fantastic, laugh-out-loud, raunchy romcom that had many viewers coming back for a second-time viewing. Director Bryan Poyser’s The Bounceback has the potential to become a cult classic.
In the feature, Stan (Michael Stahl-David, Cloverfield) and Cathy(Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism) are best friends with Jeff (Zach Cregger, Guys with Kids) and Kara (Sara Paxton, The Innkeepers). The two couples spend most of their time together in Austin. When Kara gets accepted into med school in New York, Stan relocates to California and they are unable to maintain their relationship.
One night Stan sees on Facebook that Cathy is visiting Austin for the weekend and he decides to plan a last-minute trip to be there as well. His hope is that the two can “accidentally” bump into each other. When he arrives in Austin, he’s shocked to learn that he’s not the only one whose life has changed over the past few months. Kara and Jeff have had a bitter breakup and no longer speak.
Writers Poyser, David DeGrow Shotwell and Steven Walters took a very unique spin on the normal hijinks that ensue in your typical will they or won’t they get back together film. Jeff and his new roommates have become obsessed with air sex and Jeff is determined to win a local competition. In an "air sex" competition (a real event created in Japan), the winner is the person who best simulates sex and sexual activity with an invisible “virtual partner.”
The film is not about this competition, but some of the funniest moments occur during it. Cregger and Bell are fearless in their commitment to entertain. No visual gag is too gross or off limits. Their wild antics are tempered by Stahl-David and Bell, who are endearing in their individual explorations of re-entering the dating world.
The Bounceback is not going to be every fan’s cup of tea. Some of the content and jokes are lewd and offensive. That said, if you appreciate Judd Apatow’s humor, this film will be right up your alley.
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