Friday, 29 May 2015

"Search Party" (Guardian 29/05/15)

Search Party **
Dir: Scot Armstrong. With: Alison Brie, T.J. Miller, Krysten Ritter, Thomas Middleditch. 93 mins. Cert: 15

The bromance lingers on in Hollywood thinking, like a fart in a sex dungeon. Writer-director Scot Armstrong here revises his millennial hit Road Trip’s general trajectory, this time with thirtysomething roomies retrieving a naked bud from Mexico. Guilty snorts lurk between the level-setting gay panic and the finale’s vomiting donkey, yet our dumbly conformist travelling companions aren’t notably charming, and prove persistently creepy around anything female. These films were always down on women – Armstrong squanders the peerless Krysten Ritter as eye-candy – but this slovenly runaround only exposes the low opinion they’ve harboured of their target male demographic. We’re meant to identify with these dicks? 

Search Party opens in cinemas nationwide today.

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