Writer/director Eric England (Contracted) puts his spin on the crime-gone-wrong subgenre with his new movie, Get the Girl. In it, young, naïve Clarence (Justin Dobies) hires slightly older, shady Patrick (Noah Segan) to help him catch the attention of the woman of his dreams, Alexandra (Elizabeth Whitson.) The fact that it’s not necessarily a new spin doesn’t matter too much, because the movie is entertaining regardless.
It’s hard to say too much about the plot since the movie’s twists and turns are woven throughout. However, it’s safe to say that its surprises come from the characters. They may (or may not) turn out to be who we (and they) think they are. These story revelations explain the motivations of the characters. I find fault, though, in the disclosure of one big twist. I didn’t see it coming; however, it’s delivered in such a low key manner that I almost didn’t catch it.
A better way to explain this is to say the movie is uneven. Its ups and downs vary based on the tone of the moment, whether it’s during action, comedy or drama. Along the same lines, my empathy for Clarence changes, as well. The more we get to know him, the more ill-advised his plan seems. Who doesn’t want the innocent, dew-eyed boy to win the pretty girl? However, as his innocence diminishes, so does our concern about him getting what he wants.
Your thorough enjoyment of Get the Girl may also depend on how much you like flamboyant (on one hand), but annoying (on the other hand) supporting characters. Adi Shankar plays K.J., one of Patrick’s accomplices. He’s the bumbling, grumbling driver whose short attention span creates complications for Clarence’s kidnapping plan. Any intention by the filmmakers to make him the comic relief eventually expands beyond those boundaries.
This is about as “so-so” a movie as I’ve seen lately. It’s competent and enjoyable. However, while it’s been tough to identify what I think are its flaws, it’s even tougher to identify its strengths. I don’t recommend seeking it out, but if you have the opportunity to see it, you’ll probably have a good time. I wouldn’t expect it to stick with you, either; it’s not particularly memorable.