MOVIE MADNESS #126: NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

When are we ready to have kids? Do we ever know? Should there be a license to procreate? What is the meaning of love and family?

True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten stars as Jonah, a partying and philandering 20-something who doesn’t have a care in the world. His focus is just who will be in his bed tonight and when is the next party.

One night while Jonah is spending the night with one of his many conquests, they discover a lump on one of Jonah’s testicles.

Jonah soon discovers that he has testicular cancer and he will become infertile after an operation and the chemo treatment.

Jonah had never thought of what it would be like to be a dad. Sure he likes being an uncle to his sister’s kids but never gave a second thought to being a parent.

But the more he thinks about it and this life changing event causes Jonah to panic.

So he sets out on a mission to find a girl to have his baby. But all he has is an infinite list of one-night stands.

The movie is about what happens when life throws us a curveball. We have all been there. We may make rash decisions that could turn our lives upside down especially in our 20s. Twenties are the new teens, don’t you know.

What is really interesting about this film is that it isn’t about one-night stands, sex, gross-out humor or parties. It is about growing up, making the right decision and not forcing it. The film takes all these things very seriously and because of that it becomes memorable.

In “True Blood”, Kwanten plays a playboy who is still trying to grow up and each season he seems to get into the dumbest situations. He doesn’t stray too far from that persona in this film in fact in some ways it feels like an extension.

The best performance in the film is from newcomer Sarah Snook, who plays Stevie, Jonah’s best friend. She is pure natural and reminds me a lot of Emma Stone or Jane Levy. All three of the actresses relish in their reactionary talents. They use that to develop deeper meaning in their characters which in turn makes for a better performance. Some actresses have a hard time reacting to what looks like naturally over many takes. It is interesting to note that Snook was on the long list of candidates to star in David Fincher’s remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”.

I also liked how bold the film was on how it didn’t go for the conventional ending. There is no ribbon and bow here just a well told story. And given the subject matter that is really refreshing.

4 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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