Sexy Evil Genius is about a group of exes drawn to the same bar in downtown Los Angeles by an ex-girlfriend they all have in common. There is not a whole lot to talk discuss when it comes to this film. It is entirely driven by dialogue and is primarily set in a bar. I don’t have a problem dialogue heavy film so long some good writing can compensate for it. In the case of this it does not. The story has no structure of any kind and goes too much into flashbacks. My main problem with the film is the lack of character development. We get to know the ex-girlfriend very well, but the other main characters not as much. The plot does go into some interesting dark places at the cost of tonal consistency. The history this ex-girlfriend has with our main character is also interesting. The plot constantly builds around the big reveal for gathering all these people together with an underwhelming payoff. It constantly shift motivations for why this gathering is happening and by the time it changes reasons for the third time your patience will be tested. At times the conversation are interesting and at other they will bore repeating already established plot points.
The only sure positive praise I can give to this film is the ensemble cast. They play off one another well enough to keep things interesting even when the plot doesn’t. The cast good chemistry with one another pays off for some fun moments when the material is good. The cinematography on the other hand is boring. The camera either slowly turns in one direction or stands still. That’s about it when it come to what you see aside from every shot being basic. It’s not an interesting looking film because of it and you could tell the direction is struggling how tell the story on limited resources. Also the director has a thing for lens flares when filming a flashback. Sexy Evil Genius overall is okay for a one time watch for the fun cast, but the underwhelming writing will prevent some from completely having a good time.
This year hasn’t been a good year for comedies with the likes of Scary Movie 5, Movie 43, A Haunted House, and InAPPropriate Comedy failing to garner even a chuckle. The Story of Luke while nothing original the execution brings the best elements of the script to life with a cast that balances the dynamic in the characters.
The Story of Luke is about Luke, a young man with autism, who is thrust into a world that doesn’t expect anything from him. The story is old fashioned with the humor coming from the interaction from the protagonist in his situations. Luke has an interesting dynamic where his disorder remains consistent to the plot. It’s not solely used as a plot device and becomes a characteristic of Luke. The humor is not haha funny, but when it makes a joke it delivers. It plays more the dramatic side dealing with themes of death, acceptance, and moving on. These dramatic elements are well woven into the plot where you feel invested towards what is happening. The dramatic elements while serious allow room for jokes that don’t be feel force. The plot tends to rely on Luke and the people around him telling him what to do. Some of Luke goals are realistic and some plot points are introduce only to return when the plot needs them too. What it might lack in originality it satisfies with an effective balance of both comedy and drama.
Star Lou Taylor Pucci is an embodiment of his role. Not only does find a tight tuned balance between the agitation and kindness of his character, but also respectfully portrays with autism disorder accurately. Being able to laugh with Taylor Pucci in his comedic situations because of how more lighthearted his take is. Seth Green in a surprising supporting role makes for an equally funny supporting actor. He plays his at times rude character with a good spirit. His scenes with Taylor Pucci can make for ones that are both touching and humorous. Green is allow more capabilities making a fun contrast towards Taylor Pucci characteristic. The supporting cast do fine in their roles. Each cast member is given their own specific scene to shine whether it’s Cary Elwes lack of idea of how help one of his kids or Kristin Bauer van Straten opening up. The direction works creating a tone that never gears too much on direction and pacing that never feels like a scene is dragged.
The Story of Luke is wholesome comedy that is more a lighthearted take on autism while being sincere and not using the disease as a plot device. With a strong lead in Lou Taylor Pucci embodying his character both comically and dramatically carries it flawlessly. The Story of Luke is a film that is more than deserving of a bigger audience in a year filled with notable bad comedies The Story of Luke is one very good standout.