Madison Williams (Vanessa Marano) is the youngest in her family and she’s feeling unappreciated. Her mother, Charlotte (Gabrielle Carteris) is hyper critical of her daughter and it’s driving Madison insane. Although Madison does still have her boyfriend, Jimmy (Benjamin Papac) to keep her company over the holidays so it’s not so bad.
Then one night Madison sees a light on in her neighbour’s house and she knows that they’re not at home, so she convinces Jimmy to help her investigate. When they get there though, nothing is out of the ordinary so seeing as nobody is about and they’re alone, they settle in for the night. However, once they realise that their neighbours have been robbed and they slept through it, Madison and Jimmy have to find who did it and bring them to justice.
How To Deter a Robber is a dark comedy thriller set at Christmas which may be a great alternative if you’re not the kind of person who enjoys Christmas. It’s also been released recently, so you may enjoy it if you’re one of those ‘Christmas in July’ people as well – apologies for the late review.
The comedy aspect of the film is also of the dry variety, so if you’re looking for a laugh out loud comedy then you may want to try something else. Although How to Deter a Robber does have its moments. For the most part though, it’s a light hearted comedy thriller with a dark streak, so if that sounds like your kind of thing then you’re bound to enjoy it.
The cast are all well suited, Madison and Jimmy’s relationship is more like brother and sister than boyfriend and girlfriend, but that plays well into the script and keeps the energy going.
Also, Madison’s uncle Andy (Chris Mulky) plays a great part once he gets involved with helping the pair deter the robbers.
There are a few surprises along the way and a twist at the end which the audience will not see coming, but may only add to the dark humour that an audience may enjoy. It does feel a little weird watching it in August though, so if you really want to then maybe wait a few months.
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