886. Time Out

Title: Time Out
Director: Laurie Collyer
Year: 2018
Run time: 1hr 23m

“In between caring for her ailing mother, (Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg), a young woman (Tessa Thompson) works part time at a nearby prison. The rookie guard soon gets a chance to prove her mettle when she’s tasked with accompanying a hell-raising inmate (Academy Award winner Melissa Leo) on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother. However, things soon spiral out of control, sending the pair on a hilarious, surprising, and ultimately touching road trip.”

Live blog

2:40 – Those prison buzzes are so distinctive.
7:04 – I wouldn’t have known what furlough meant if it wasn’t for OITNB.
8:07 – Whoopi’s hair is amazing.
9:40 – “What do you want, a tank? It’s not the zombie apocalypse.”
15:55 – Why wouldn’t you be able to use your phone on the bus?
22:51 – She said ten minutes, the man said two hours. Train delays, huh.
25:50 – I mean, the legs you could sort of argue, but the arms? No. Too far, lady.
30:42 – She’s adorable trying to keep the professionalism up, but it’s not working at all.
32:43 – What if the CO has to go the bathroom?
37:52 – “Keep it up,” the exact wrong thing to say in this situation.
44:12 – Is it weird to think she kinda looked better before?
46:46 – “You’re not the best at what you do…” Understatement of the year!
47:10 – Perpspective.
57:14 – I mean, $100,000 a year isn’t to be sniffed at.
1:07:18 – The houses in American movies never fail to boggle my mind.
1:15:06 – “Sing well, Sir.” I like that as a sign off.

Conclusions

Mm, disappointing. Good cast but they don’t have a lot to work with here. The film can’t quite decide whether it’s a comedy or a drama. It’s not funny enough to be a comedy, but not intense or moving enough to be a drama. There are moments of both but it feels a bit disjointed and odd.

Watchable, but really nothing special.

Rating: 2/5.