Directed By Todd Berger
Starring: Rachel Boston, Laura Adkin, Kevin M Brennan, David Cross, America Ferrera and Julia Stiles
Sometimes a movie sits in your Netflix queue for months if not years and you have no clue how it got there. You have no idea who if anyone recommended this piece of entertainment. Who can you blame for wasting your time if you decide to watch it and it sucks? The longer a movie or a show sits unwatched the more it feels like homework. The more it becomes a chore. Something you know you need to do, something you know you might enjoy but for some reason it becomes more and more difficult to take the time to sit down and watch this enigmatic beast. The weird thing is 9 times out of 10 it ends up being something I really enjoy. So was the case with Todd Bergers 2012 comedy It’s a Disaster. This is a film that has been taunting me from my queue for the last 6 months or so. I’m glad to say that I finally overcame my Netflix procrastination and watched it last night. Short version if this movie is in your queue watch it, if it’s not in your queue put it in there.
The plot for It’s a Disaster is pretty straight forward, four couples meet for a Sunday brunch that is promptly interrupted by the news that the world might be coming to an end. This film feels somewhat like a play in that all the action of the film is centered in one small location. Not that the film doesn’t feel cinematic but that the storytelling is focused on a very small group of people while the world is possibly falling apart. The film is at its core a comedy about relationships, about the lies we tell each other and ourselves. This is a movie with a high concept that is very much grounded in the minutia of dating and marriage. Certain lines of dialogue and character interactions rang so true and close to home that my wife and I exchanged several knowing glances during the movie.
The writing and performances are overall pretty damn good. I can even say a certain actor that may have been a deterrent from my initial viewing turned in a performance that will be the reason I rewatch this one. The film has a few twists and surprises that caught me off guard. I wasn’t looking for them but I will say that the less you know about this one the better. I was reminded of Stacy Titles 1995 under seen film The Last Supper when watching IAD. If you liked that film I really think you should give this one a chance. OK using an almost 20 year old movie that not very many people saw as a selling point probably wasn’t the best choice. I just want to stress that despite the end of the world premise this film has more in common with Love Actually than This Is The End.
As you already know It’s a Disaster is currently streaming on Netflix but it is also available on Hulu Plus Amazon, iTunes and Vudu