We Need To Talk: Review

We Need To Talk

Great Scott (James Maslow) has a great online following, he has a close-knit group of online friends and life couldn’t be better. It’s all going really well, apart from with his offline girlfriend, Aly (Christel Kalil) who when on the way out of their apartment one day says ‘we need to talk’.

After a while, Scott acknowledges her presence and the last thing she said starts ringing in his ears. After all, what could ‘we need to talk’ possibly mean? It’s not like Great Scott has done anything wrong… has he?

We Need to Talk is a romantic comedy written and directed by Todd Wolfe. Set in the world of online gaming, We Need to Talk puts its comedy into something that may appeal to audiences, while leaving others curious about how a gamer like Scott could ever have a girlfriend. Unfortunately, it seems that gaming is just the hook to make the movie modern and relevant.

There really isn’t any kind of deep knowledge of what somebody who games online for a living actually does, so people who know will smell a rat. There’s also the question of how Scott managed to get and keep a girlfriend which is never answered, because for the most part he has no redeeming qualities.

It’s a common trope of comedies about relationships that when a character says ‘we need to talk’, it’s usually not a good sign. However, because of the title of the movie this means that Scott has to be blissfully unaware of that fact and go on a journey of self-discovery. This also means that the audience has to spend an inordinately long period of time with Scott which makes it excruciating as he’s so unaware and unlikeable.

There are other characters like Joe (Jonathan Fernandez), Scott’s best friend and his potential hook up, Amber (Emily Bett Rickards) who try to mix up the story a little, but there’s little to no reason as to why Scott is so clueless and why he deserves a girlfriend at all.

In the end, the message of We Need to Talk is a little confused which makes for an unsatisfying ending. Saying that we should all learn to appreciate people in our lives while never changing ourselves only makes Great Scott all the more unappealing and not a story you’ll want to stay with.

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