From independent label Diablo Entertainment and Director Eric England (Madison County, Contracted) comes, Get the Girl, a twisted romantic thriller with a sense of humour.
Love sick Clarence (Justin Dobies) resorts to unorthodox measures to win the attention of the object of his affection, the distressed but also feisty Alex (Elizabeth Whitson). Despite his smarminess, Clarence is absolutely loaded and reels in the equally slimy Patrick (Noah Segan) to dream up an intricate plan to “create an opportunity” for Alex to finally notice him.
Clarence gets more than he bargains for when Patrick stages a “fake kidnapping” for an extortionate amount of money and embroils his masked-clad gang in on the action. The stage is therefore set for a home invasion of epic proportions. Will Patrick stick to his end of the bargain or has Clarence bitten off more than he can chew? Events of course go horribly wrong making it a night that this group of misfits won’t forget in a hurry!
Get the Girl sets itself apart from England’s previous work. It’s not explicitly a horror film but contains a sense of darkness and some gun kills and gore. It’s more of an action thriller with heaps of comedy deriving from a script that is completely tongue in cheek. Get the Girl is a harmless, fun thrill ride from start to finish with its witty script and fast pace. There’s nothing new or fresh on offer however England takes the “cat and mouse thriller” concept and does a pretty decent job with it.
Visually it takes on the “trendy” stylistic neon aesthetic seen in an array of modern genre films, creating the right balance of brightness and darkness in terms of how the film is lit. This of course compliments the film’s darkly comedic tone. The heist scenario and use of uncanny, rubbery masks echoed The Purge using the trope of anonymity to threaten the victim. The masks add in a creepy vibe but then their presence becomes amusing with the farcical nature of the characters.
Get the Girl doesn’t take itself too seriously whatsoever depicting characters who are ruthless and out of themselves but at the same time display a certain level of charm. Patrick’s gang are all a bit hapless and are thrown into the situation without any real conception of what they’re supposed to be doing. It’s all a bit slapstick with themes of murder and death portrayed in a comedic fashion. The laughs materialize from the dark scenarios that play out achieving exactly what a dark comedy should do.
To quote Patrick, “always be the smartest guy in the room”. His character refers to this line at various points in the film, alluding to the fact that the plot is always one step ahead of the audience and when the twists come in thick and fast they are overall quite satisfying.
All the performances are solid, both Clarence and Patrick make the audiences skin crawl in different ways, Dobies and Segan respectively play their “anti-hero” roles well.
Elizabeth Whitson gives a strong performance portraying Alex as a self-reliant, independent single woman who is resourceful and in fact doesn’t require a man to “save her” like Clarence attempts to do. She fights her attackers back and even uses psychological manipulation to wear them down. The direction her character goes in during the film’s climax kind of undo’s the feisty female she’s built up as. England leaves the ending on an uncertain note allowing the viewer to conjure up their own ideas about what Alex decides to do. This was slightly disappointing and after viewing the film it will become clear as to why.
Speaking of the climax, a notable score plays in the background featuring haunting female vocals and bassy undertones. It’s slightly reminiscent of the Marco Beltrami composed ‘Sidney’s Lament’ from the Scream (1996) soundtrack. The piece heightens the realisation and severity of the events that have unfolded and the choices the remaining characters have to make.
Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween 2007) deserves a mention for her performance as Patrick’s long suffering girlfriend Jade. She shows a more vulnerable side to the character and shares some great scenes with Alex. It’s refreshing to see women supporting and looking out for each other even in the unconventional situation that is presented. Adi Shankar portrays KJ, the useless, rap loving henchman as super obnoxious and annoying, acting as the main foil for Patrick’s plans.
Get the Girl is highly entertaining without being too complex. It keeps up a consistently funny tone throughout and is visually stylish. It’s a popcorn/movie night kinda flick that doesn’t require overthinking. Just sit back and enjoy the fun factor.