Posted May 29 2018
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Sundance London 2018 Preview - Never Goin' Back

Dir: Augustine Frizzell

Starring Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney, Joel Allen

Jessie and Angela are BFFs living in a dead end Texas town with no hope jobs in a crummy diner, dreaming of escaping for a few days at the beach. So much so that they bet their rent money on their break, and then fall foul of a series of misadventures that sees them robbed by a friend, land in jail, lose their jobs through accidentally getting high and wind up trying to rob a sandwich shop. All the while (at least in Jessie’s case) desperately in need of a bowel movement, whilst trying to keep their distance from Jessie’s brother and roommate Dustin (Allen) and his incredibly inept crew of would be ganstas.

There’s a good deal of charm in Frizzell’s film, and it is a film that is dependent on such charm. Jessie and Angela need to be thoroughly engaging and in the hands of Mitchell and (especially) Morrone they certainly are. Both actresses are sweet, engaging and utterly believable, certainly in their relationship to one another. Frizzell displays more of an affinity for her characters than she does her stabs at comedy, some of which work, some of which fall flat. But the two leads carry it through, to the point where you really do start to hope they make it to the beach.

And you’ll never think of Barry Manilow’s Mandy in the same way ever again.

 The Sundance Film Festival '18 London runs from May 31 to June 3

 

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