Starring Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, David Bernon, Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Ben Schwartz, Vincent Piazza, Cobie Smulders
Directed by Clea DuVall
2016 / 88 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

When four couples meet up for a weekend getaway drama is unleashed after one couple learns the entire trip is an intervention for their turbulent marriage.

The Intervention is a surprisingly fun and humours film that is reminiscent of the brilliant classic 80’s film The Big Chill. It’s obviously no where near as great as that film, but it succeeds on the same level. The characters are interesting, funny and completely believable. Thankfully we don’t need a long drawn out backstory to know how or when theses people met, they just click together in the most perfectly dysfunctional way.

Clea DuVall, in her feature length directorial debut has made a funny, clever and entertaining film. Yes it has flaws, but for an hour and a half I was thoroughly entertained and found myself laughing and smiling throughout.

The only downfall is as great as the cast is and the characters they play, some of them became a little lost in the background and unimportant. I felt like I wanted more from Jason Ritter’s character. I found myself waiting for him to stand up for himself, maybe that’s out of his character, but as a viewer I wanted to see it.

Overall it could have been deeper, darker and even push the limits, but in the end I was satisfied. The Intervention is a great little dramedy that deserves a bigger audience because it’s definitely  more entertaining than a lot of the big comedies that have come out this year.

Grade B


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