Review Fix 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Coverage: BFF Review: Predictable
It takes only about 30 seconds to put the clues together in Neil LaBute’s short film, “BFF.”
Anyone who watches his or her share of the Maury Povich Show will quickly smell a rat here.
You can’t blame the actors for the weak script though. Gia Crovatin does a decent job as the concerned, yet freaked-out girlfriend, while Thomas Sadoski is pure evil as the “BFF.” By the end of the film, you’ll realize he was the one who kept this whole thing together. It’s on the strength of his performance that you’ll sit through the entire short. But it’s never fully captivating. It’s more like waiting for the inevitable.
While it tries to be shocking, almost like a “Sex in the City” meets “Twilight Zone” satire of sorts, it just never is. Everything feels phony and fake. Ultimately, that’s what the relationship between the two male leads in the film is. It doesn’t help that Crovatin is just annoying at times. It’s quite possible the word BFF has never been used that much in a span of eight minutes by one person.
The dialogue is the main reason for most of the film’s problems. It’s authentic for most of the picture, but the final scene is an anti-climactic mess. It’s understandable that some type of illusion was called for, but the lack of any real contact between these two makes it all feel cliché and done before.
In the end, that’s exactly what it is.
While Sadoski’s performance is noteworthy, there just isn’t enough everywhere else to make this short anything less than mediocre.
Patrick Hickey Jr.
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