Gillian Jacobs

REVIEW: Life Partners (2014)

Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gilliam Jacobs) are best friends who are just a little co-dependent. Their relationship is tested when Paige meets Tim (Adam Brody) and has a serious boyfriend for the first time.

Life Partners is a great take on female friendship and the ups and downs of a friendship as you go through different life events. While the same age, Sasha and Paige are at different stages of their lives. When Paige meets Tim and starts to think about settling down, Sasha is still going out and dating girls who are younger than her and, more often than not, still live with their parents. And it’s not even their relationships that are different, it’s the career paths – Paige is a lawyer while Sasha has been a receptionist for years, so she can focus on her music. These are two very real and relatable women and their friendship is relatable too.

Both Sasha and Paige have their flaws and seeing them begin to recognise them and try to change or apologise, was lovely to see. The script is funny and heartfelt and allows these two female characters to be layered and their friendship is never stereotypical.

Meester and Jacobs have great chemistry, as do Jacobs and Brody, meaning that when Tim comes into the picture, you root for him because he makes Paige happy but can see how insecure he’s making Sasha at the same time. Life Partners has a great balance of romance, humour and drama that makes it feel very true to life.

Life Partners is a character-driven film about two young women and the pitfalls and confusion they encounter when trying to be adults. Their friendship is at the heart of this film and thanks to a great script and cast it’s a friendship and a story that just works. 5/5.

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REVIEW: Don’t Think Twice (2016)

dont-think-twice-posterWhen Jack (Keegan-Michael Key), a member of a New York City improv troupe called The Commune, gets a huge break, the rest of the group made up of his best friends and girlfriend, all start to realise that they might not all make it.

Don’t Think Twice is really funny. It can sometimes be a bit dark with its humour or even slightly inappropriate depending on the scene but it all works really well. These are funny people so the scenes when the Commune are performing are naturally funny but then when these guys are just doing normal stuff like hanging out at a bar they are still funny.

Don’t Think Twice is surprisingly sweet and touching. It offers an insight into thirty-something comedian’s lives and how they use humour and their own experiences to make others laugh. It’s also a great look into how a group of friend’s function. It’s truly an ensemble film with each character having their time to shine and their own story arcs on display. Sam (Gillian Jacobs) isn’t sure she wants her life to change when she gets offered the chance of fame, Allison (Kate Micucci) loves to draw comics, Miles (Mike Birbiglia) hasn’t had a meaningful relationship for years, Lindsay (Tami Sagher) still lives with her parents while Bill’s (Chris Gethard) father doesn’t really understand his son’s passion. They each have their own problems and dreams and while they might get mad at or jealous of each other, that doesn’t mean they stop caring. The entire cast does a great job of making these people feel real and funny, they say inappropriate things at times and they wind each other up but really they feel like a real group of friends.

Don’t Think Twice is funny and sweet and a surprising rollercoaster of emotions thanks to a great ensemble cast. 5/5.