A woman’s, played by Malin Akerman quest to have a baby makes for one hell of an awkward party.
The morality of this film is quite questionable. On the one hand we have a lead who is tricking men into having unprotected sex with her, on the other hand there is a pervasive feeling across the film that Akerman’s Jaclyn is being slut shamed for having random hook-ups as her rich fellow partygoers look down on her. The whole area is quite murky and though the film does have Jaclyn’s activities be revealed and have her be criticised for it, it for the most part glosses over the consent issues which is problematic.
At the same time there is something incredibly satisfying in the third act where it seems as though Jaclyn has been bullied from the party and she re-enters and gives the partygoers a piece of her mind. The film designs it so that despite her problematic behaviour you root for Jaclyn and as such it is nice to see her stick up for herself in the end, she makes a number of good points in doing so as well. This scene could easily have come off as preachy, but for me it worked well.
In terms of performances this is Akerman’s film, which is both a pro and a con in and off itself. For the pro she easily carries this film and helps make the viewer feel at ease, as I have previously said she is very likeable and easy to relate to, however, for the con it means the supporting cast are mostly overlooked or used to further Jaclyn’s story without having much to do themselves.
Overall, a fairly by the numbers middle aged comedy film, however Akerman does manage to elevate it.
It is watchable
It feels very cathartic when Jaclyn lets loose at the end of the film
The iffy moral quandary
The wider cast is largely wasted
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