I have shared my fondness for realistic comedy dramas before but, unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of options on the big screen. The comedy dramas that do appear on the big screen are largely book adaptations or true stories, and they’re slightly unrealistic. I guess no one wants to see a movie about a girl eating cereal, going to work, texting their friends for five hours about some guy she kind of likes but is a jerk while watching Jane the Virgin and crying herself to sleep because she has such a boring, mundane life. And, of course, I am not projecting. :p
I tried to find the most recent comedy drama that aired in major theaters that was not a book adaptation or true story that could kind of, sort of happen in real life, and this was what I came up with.
Yeah, the most realistic recent comedy drama that I could come up is from 2011 and stars Steve Carell.
Now, if we move from films released in major theaters to films with limited releases, we get more of a selection of comedy dramas. This, of course, has to deal with the difficulty of executing most genres with budget, scheduling and other restraints. Now, the problem with smaller films is being able to watch them because they’re not readily available. Well, fret no more because Netflix and other streaming services have a good selection of smaller films. I know. I know. Many people would want brand new movies that came out two days ago over indie films from 2012, but it’s not realistic, which I guess fits in with this post, heh. I have found a number of film that are, as of right now, available on Netflix that could happen in real life but have unrealistic elements. I am OK with it though. I literally get bored watching fighting scenes.
OK. That was kind of cool.
Adventures in Public School
A teenage boy, who has been homeschooled his entire life by his single, overprotective mother, decides to go to public school and offers to takes over the schedule of a girl who is on a leave of absence due to a medical condition.
OK, the premise doesn’t make 100% sense. Why is a teenage boy taking over the schedule of a female student who’s on medical leave? If I had to guess, it was just something cute a writer came up with. I could imagine the production meeting right now.
“I like the idea, but we need the film to be about something more than a movie about a homeschooled kid going to a public high school. That’s been done before by hundreds of hipster student filmmakers.”
“He could take over the schedule of a dying male student?”
“Great idea, but make it a girl.”
“Because I said so, damnit!”
While the premise doesn’t make sense, I quite enjoyed the laid-back, quirky tone and, of course, you can’t help but to root for the main character and relate to him at the same time.
People You May Know (The one With Nick Thune)
A woman desperate to further her public relations career offers her help to a recluse unfamiliar with social media with fabricating his life online in hopes to make him a viral sensation.
I find it quite surprising that there’s actually more than one movie with the title “People You May Know.” Although we are all familiar with the phase because of you know what, it’s long-ish for a movie title and not really that catchy. Despite this, it is an appropriate title for this particular story.
When it comes to social media, it is easy to portray your life the way you want it. You’re showing the parts of your lie you want to show and hiding the parts you don’t. This film, of course, takes this to the extreme, but it is relatively true for most of today’s society. Thankfully, for a person who thinks he’s still living in 2004, I find social media kind of useless for me and my lifestyle. Yay for living in the past.
The Little Death
Five couples deal with their, or their significant other’s, strange sexual desires and the consequences that come with them.
I don’t often talk about things from different countries, but I do want to explore pop culture from outside of the United States. Now, of course, I am not going to say this film is a good representation of Australia, but it’s a cute, quirky film that’s a bit on the dark side, but at the same time it is lighthearted, amusing and has some heartfelt moments. It is a strange topic, but shows the challenges of relationships, the decisions we make and the rewards and consequences that comes from them. Mostly the consequences, heh.