Gerald Wright's Movie Coverage
Tribeca Film Festival- April 25th-May 6th
In Search of a Midnight Kiss
Directed by: Alex Holdridge (Writer)
Run time: 90 mins.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
This film is not yet rated
On New Year's Eve Wilson (Scoot McNairy), a twenty nine year old guy who just had the worst year of his life, is new in L.A., dumped by an old girlfriend, has no date, no real plans and wants to forget that last year never happened. Now living with his best friend Jacob (Brian McGuire) a DJ and his girlfriend Min (Katy Luong), Wilson is convinced to post a personal ad on Craig's List to find a date for a party that DJ is hosting for the celebration. Meanwhile, Jacob has plans of popping the question on his girl at the party. The ad is answered by Vivian (Sara Simmonds), a strong willed young woman set on being with the right man at the stroke of midnight. Vivian appears to have her share of bad baggage as well. She's pregnant and has left a cheating and controlling boyfriend. She not particularly pleased with Wilson and he tries to make amends in their nutty, funny and very emotional adventure through the downtown streets of Los Angeles. This adventure brings them closer together, as they find out how much they have in common.
I found this film to be a tastefully good romantic comedy. The film gives a very real account of characters in the L.A. culture. The black and white filming was a great idea for this guerilla style shooting. I thought the dialogue was extremely clever, because it portrayed an accurate pop lifestyle. Vivian (Sara Simmonds) and Wilson's (Scoot McNairy) chaotic and hilariously adventurous journey through the streets of L.A. was authentic as well as convincing in their performances. Good work.