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.