Bad Match (2017)

7

Overall

7.0/10

Pros

  • Great third act.
  • Acting.
  • Slow tonal shift.

Cons

  • Lowish budget.

Bad Match (2017) starring Lili Simmons, Noureen DeWulf, and Jack Cutmore-Scott. Directed by David Chirchirillo.

Another day, another stroll through the Netflix movie hole. Fortunately, I’ve stumbled across another fun flick that surprised me throughout. Bad Match sounds generic, and I suppose the basis of the story kind of is, but the execution and the third act elevated the film above my expectations.

A playboy finds women online, schmoozes them with a well-practiced shtick, sleeps with them, and then moves onto the next. Have you heard this one before? Just like thirty different Michael Douglas’ movies, he runs into a crazy woman who turns his life upside down.

One of the first things I found refreshing was the fact that the playboy character wasn’t a complete piece of shit. He certainly wasn’t perfect, but he also didn’t treat women like trash in the way a similar character would in a comparable movie. That fact makes his downfall a little harder to stomach than that of a guy cheating on his faithful wife like Fatal Attraction.

The movie plays out in a familiar way through the first act or two. A big tonal shift unfolds from beginning to end, with the start of the movie funny and goofy, and the end bleak and gut-wrenching. The third act really kicks the narrative in the teeth and rockets through to the end.

I don’t want to give too much away, but Bad Match really surprised me. Sure the budget and cast are small, but the direction and acting raise the movie above its humble scope. Anytime you can find a little treasure in the Netflix horror basement is a good day.

 

Jason Brant

“JASON BRANT” is an anagram for Bas Trojann, a former Bigfoot hunter who, after being abducted (and subsequently returned) by aliens, decided to hang up his ghillie suit and enter the world of professional arm wrestling. Despite back-to-back first place finishes in the South Dakota World International Championship League, Bas receded from athletics to invent cheese and give Al Gore the initiative to create the internet.

Nearly a decade after writing the bestselling self-help series, Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese (Cut into Four Pieces) for the Soul, Bas has left his life of notoriety and critical acclaim behind him to write existential, erotic poetry.

His wife washes their clothing on his abs.

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