Sweethurt: Review

sweethurt: Review

Jacob (Rav Ratnayake) is getting over a breakup and he’s not taking it well. The problem is that now is not the right time to be thinking about himself as his grandad has just died and the relationship ended about two years ago.

However, considering he’s taken so long to think about a plan, it seems that the time is right. So, he takes his best friend, Drew (Logan Webster) and his little sister, Abby (Sam Germain) along for the ride so that he can go and see his ex and win her back.

Skye (Tyra Cartledge) is also dealing with a break-up, something that she initiated herself, but it still hurts. Her best friend, Carly (Rhiaan Marquez) is not having her moping about though and is determined to get her out on a night out. So, they dress up and head out for a wild night to forget their troubles.

Sweethurt is a romantic comedy directed by Tom Danger and co-written by Logan Webster. A movie that feels like something from an earlier time because of its nostalgic and upbeat Nineties soundtrack. Unfortunately, despite its feelgood soundtrack, that’s not the only thing that feels dated.

Thrusting its audiences into dealing with two separate stories, it must understand where they’re both coming from. Jacob seems like a nice guy, but there’s really not much else to go on and although Ratnayake gives a likeable performance, he’s a bit of a blank slate. Also, the stereotypical ice cream eating woman lounging around after a bad break up just sets up the worst cliché.

Billed as a movie which interweaves two stories may also feel a bit misleading, because the screenplay feels far more interested in Jacob’s story rather than Skye’s. In fact, it could be said that the two stories were put together because there wasn’t enough for one feature film.

The two main characters do eventually meet, and although their ending does subvert the romantic comedy cliches, it all ends up feeling tacked on. Making the movie feel like something the filmmakers think they should be making, rather than something that feels genuine.

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