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Unplugging

Published July 16, 2022

Unplugging

Film info

  • Title Unplugging
  • Director Debra Neil-Fisher
  • Year 2022
  • Run time 1hr 34m
  • Genre Comedy
  • Tagline In order to reconnect, they must disconnect

Think a rustic getaway with no phone service, internet or social media is a romantic way to repair your marriage and sex life? Think again. The only spark in Dan and Jeanine's bedroom is from the plug socket and the only solution for this married couple if a quiet, relaxing weekend in a remote mountain village. But what starts as the perfect weekend quickly becomes a disastrous one and without GPS to guide them, or social media to stave off their boredom, Dan and Jeanine are forced to rediscover each other.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:58 Haha, yea, I think my hand is in the shape of a phone when I sleep.
5:19 Harry Potter universe v Lord of the Rings universe.
8:14 “That’s a real man with a real injury. His family’s probably devastated. That’s not fantasy.”
15:18 This woman is amazing and I don’t want her to change.
20:47 Where is the skunk now?
22:40 “I couldn’t resist.” “I wish you did.”
29:13 How are they getting home?
37:07 Grandpa is not an acceptable role play.
42:27 “You’re a hawk whisperer.”
46:49 No way is that a predator drone, they’re massive.
51:15 Slowest car crash ever.
1:02:58 “Any cold in that fridge is old cold.”
1:18:23 I’m not happy with how they just left the door open to the clear animal shed.
1:23:00 “Uh, why is there a thingy in the middle?” Yea, learn to drive stick.
1:26:21 “There’s some things I can’t figure out, like the comatose chicken and the tampon taped to your head.” That sums up this film.
1:30:13 END THE CALL BEFORE YOU CLOSE THE LID.

Thoughts

Firstly, the trailer made this look like a very different film to what it ended up being. A fun little comedy about giving up technology for a weekend? Okay! But actually it was a weird movie about two people who are failing to communicate, finding a small town full of slightly odd people (and really odd people - Lea Thompson?) that think there’s a big espionage conspiracy surrounding them, trying to get back home by stealing tampons, chickens and cars and with very few laughs along the way.

What was the message? I’m grateful the film wasn’t totally predictable, that the woman didn’t just have to change her whole outlook on life despite the fact she was working hard to support her family while her husband decided what to do with his life. But equally, there wasn’t a huge amount of growth on either side, they just threw some unrelated facts at each other and then moved on. Why did he bring a skunk to the office? What was the egg freezing thing all about?

Weird pacing, odd little side quests, and really a bizarre excuse for a movie.

Rating: 1 / 5

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