Review for “The Coalition”

Review for “The Coalition”

Cast: Adrienne Bailon as Katalina, Eddie Goines as Prime Alexander, Denyce Lawton as Skylar, Ingrid Clay as Autumn

Synopsis: A group of young women vow to get revenge against men who have broken their hearts.

We’ve all had our hearts broken at one point in time.  That’s one thing we all have in common.  Sometimes, we even think about getting even with the a-holes.  “The Coalition” is a movie about just that.  And then hilarity ensues……

Prime Alexander is a basketball player who works hard, but plays ten times harder.  He’s at the top of his game–amazing career, great friends and women who constantly throw themselves at him.  To celebrate, he throws a lavish party with his friends and his latest piece of arm candy, innocent Skylar.  It seems the only person that isn’t invited is Autumn, Prime’s ex-girlfriend.  Once she sees Prime with Skylar, she goes into a rage and is kicked out of the party.  But Autumn isn’t the only one with a broken heart.  His best friend, Dallas, sleeps with one of Autumn’s friends, Carnegie with no intention of ever seeing her again. He has a motto, Always Be Closing.  She definitely has a very different view of the relationship.  Best friend #2, Kalif has a fiance who chooses to look the other way when it comes to his cheating.  The only one who’s actually serious about love and relationships is Lonzo.  He’s dating another one of Autumn’s friends, Katalina.  But his loyalty to his crew seriously puts a cramp in their relationship.

The best performance in the movie was from Denyce Lawton (Skylar).  We see her go through a lot in less than 2 hours.  She goes from being a woman falling in love, to absolutely heartbroken, to somewhat vengeful, and conflicted quite realistically and perfectly.  A close second was from Nadine Ellis, who plays Prime’s long-suffering fiancee.  Her scenes are brief.  Her last scene in the restaurant was amazing and quite believable.  The other performances were okay, but none stand out for me.

The whole “revenge fantasy” idea isn’t exactly new.  This movie reminds me a lot of “John Tucker Must Die”, which had a very similar plot.  I liked that movie, and I liked this one.  But I didn’t particularly like most of the characters.  There were times where I wanted to yell, “Just forget the losers!  Move on!”  The movie was very funny, and there were also times where I wanted the “playas” to get what they deserved.  The script was written by Terrell Suggs (from the Baltimore Ravens) and Monica Mingo (also the director).  It was pretty decent.

This movie was overall enjoyable.  It’s not an Oscar-winning piece, but it is a nice way to spend 2 hours of your time.  So go to Netflix and check it out.   6.5/10.

Review for “Teeth”

Review for “Teeth”

Cast:  Jess Weixler as Dawn, John Hensley as Brad, Hale Appleman as Tobey

Synopsis:  A high school student, Dawn (Jess Weixler), discovers an oddity about herself after she becomes the subject of male violence.

You know the typical formula in most horror films–masked killer on the loose, hacking innocent (and rather dumb) high schoolers and college students before they finally get caught.  Well, our main character is in high school.  And this is a horror comedy.  There is violence.  But that’s where the similarities end.

In most ways, Dawn is your typical high school student.  She’s pretty, smart and a member of her high school’s chastity club, The Promise.  Her life’s a bit of a mess, though.  At home, her mother is dying, her stepfather is barely around and her stepbrother is a huge pervert who constantly tries to seduce her.  At school, she has to swim the dangerous waters of high school hormones and bullying.  She faces it all with dignity and grace.  But that all changes when she meets Tobey (Hale Appleman) at a Promise meeting.  There’s an instant attraction between the two. Dawn wants to keep her Promise, but is finding it really hard.

Finally, she and Tobey go on a date.  During the date, he sexually assaults her.  Unknown to either of them, Dawn has a secret weapon–vagina dentata.  And she uses it against Tobey and any man who tries to take advantage of her.  So the journey begins for Dawn……

I wasn’t very familiar with Jess Weixler prior to “Teeth”.  But she did an amazing job playing Dawn.  She manages to keep Dawn somewhat sweet and innocent, even when she’s forced to use her secret weapon.  She’s never boring, and I thoroughly enjoyed her journey in the film.  John Hensley did a great job playing the slutty stepbrother.  We see him cruel, lonely, horny and furious.  Even though we rarely see Brad outside of the bedroom, we do see a fleshed-out character.  All the actors did an amazing job.

The movie itself is funny, shocking and interesting.  The movie does seems a bit uneven at times, but nobody can accuse it of being boring.  Sometimes, you wonder what if you had vagina dentata.  How would you use it?  Would you use it at all?  What will happen to Dawn in the future?

I highly recommend this movie, but I warn you–it is not for the faint of heart.    8 out of 10.