Holly Slept Over, streaming on Amazon Prime, is written and directed by Joshua Friedlander and is a dramedy which focuses mostly on sex and rarely on relationships. This is not exactly an appropriate movie to watch with your family because of its not-so-innocuous nature. There’s not much substance in the movie but it definitely turns heads and grabs eyeballs for all the wrong reasons.
It is below average with forced humour that is mostly inappropriate in nature – you shall forget the film within minutes of it getting over. The performances are definitely a lot better than the unabashed plotline of the film that is pretty much all about raunchy and sexually suggestive humour. Holly Slept Over is a film that isn’t worth eighty-seven minutes, in an ideal world this film would not have been made.
Holly Slept Over tries too hard to be a new age, unorthodox film which is about sex and humour but it fails to strike a balance – while it has too much of the former, the latter is almost negligible. The film initially feels very unconventional and intriguing but boredom strikes soon and then the weight of the forced humour also hangs heavy.
Holly Slept Over fails to fix the sheer number of misguided twists and turns that it comes up with. The film proceeds to show a married couple who is bored of their sex life and are looking for ways to spice things up. In comes their former college roommate who has history with them. She decides to stay for a week and things go wildly wrong after that!
So, erm…yeah…basically threesome!
If you could get the drift, the plot is about how the couple decides to spice up their sex life – the answer is, obviously, a threesome. Pete (Ron Livingston) and Marnie (Erinn Hayes) are married and their married life is sad and stagnated, Holly sleeps over and a lot happens over that week-long stay.
The disturbing bit of the film has to be the part where Holly Slept Over tries to normalise this madness in the name of “spicing things up”. The message of the film is far from being clear, for most of the film there is not even a message that is being harped on. This film has not appealed to me and hopefully will not appeal to most of you reading this review.
A little about the cinematography – it does not add anything new or clever to this genre particularly. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but it doesn’t take anything away from the movie either. The performances are up to the mark as well, and the performers have stayed true to the characters as much as they can.
Time and again, you’ll probably be a little irritated with the fact that during the establishment of the story, the location of the characters have not been mentioned as much as it should have been. So, you’re sort of left wondering as to where all of this is taking place. The costumes, additionally, compliment the characters pretty well and does not take away from them.
Too many problematic elements!
The treatment of the film, rather, the plotline, is disoriented and confusing. What is the film trying to achieve? Why is it focusing so much of its run-time on just rampant and offensive jokes reeking of sexual connotations? Pete’s behaviour is obviously outright problematic and there’s little to absolutely nothing to address that in the film.
For the majority part of the film, the characters have absolutely no layers and are just plain unlikeable. They are shallow because as the film progresses, you witness how sorely toxic each of the characters are as they only try to fulfil their sexual desires. “Maybe I’m a monster, I defiled my wife. It’s the best feeling I’ve had in months” – when Pete says this without any bit of remorse, it will make you feel sick in the pit of your stomach.
The only tolerable part of the film is the ending of the film, maybe because it is somewhat decent. I’ll not lie – you’ll be swept with a sigh of relief as soon as that happens. Overall verdict, skip this film right away. Time’s precious and one must spend it judiciously.
Holly Slept Over is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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