Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sassy Pants (2012)

Number Rolled: 91
Movie Name/Year: Sassy Pants (2012)
Genre: Independent
Length: 87 minutes
Rating: NR
Director: Coley Sohn
Writer: Coley Sohn
Actors: Haley Joel Osment, Anna Gunn, Ashley Rickards, Diedrich Bader, Jenny O’Hara, Martin Spanjers, Shanna Collins, Aaron Perilo, Rene Rosado, Drew Droege, Mathew Botuchis, Jenna Kanell, Shanica Knowles, Keith Page, Jennifer Robertson

Bethany is the product of bitterly divorced parents. Under the care of her ridiculously overbearing mother, she has learned plenty of history but barely anything about the present-day world or socialization in general. Armed with no training outside of her home-schooling, Bethany leaps into the real world and just hopes she can learn to tread water.

Although the acting was relatively spectacular, I found “Sassy Pants” to be mediocre. There was a lot of cringing as I watched Ashley Rickards’ character, Bethany, get herself into more and more trouble. There were also a few laughs, usually dealing with Haley Joel Osment’s character, Chip. Other than that, I found myself unimpressed.

The story is something I should have gotten into. I usually love that in depth look into the teenage psyche, especially when the environmental norms are messed around with. Something just felt off about this one. Like the director took a great idea that should have been off the beaten path and then tried to force it onto a road commonly traveled. Maybe it didn’t go far enough, maybe it just didn’t hit all the areas I think it should have; to be honest the larger problem with this film escapes my descriptive ability.

“Sassy Pants” is a cute movie, but it lacks that certain something that could have made it really good.

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3.2/5
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 49%

Trust-the-Dice Score2.5/5

The Random Rating: PG-13 – for sex references and suggestive humor

P.S. Based on a short film titled: “Boutonniere” (by the same director/writer)

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