Inside Out 2016: ‘The Intervention’

If anything says “fun long weekend at a sunny lake house,” it’s deliberately creating awkward tension with your friends.

Annie (Melanie Lynskey) and Jessie (Clea DuVall) have a plan: during a weekend getaway with some friends, the focus will be shifted on married couple Ruby and Peter (Cobie Smulders, Vincent Piazza) with reasons as to why they should divorce.

Clea DuVall’s directorial debut The Intervention is a good start to a filmmaking career.  The actress has written a good script through a scope of competent comedic timing and structure.  She also receives memorable performances from her fantastic cast.  Melanie Lynskey’s neurotic turn is funny, comedian Ben Schwartz branches out and impresses with his dramatic role, and Alia Shawkat shows that she is one meaty role away from the deserved celebration of her skills.  The film also gives DuVall a reunion with her But I’m a Cheerleader co-star Natasha Lyonne – fans of the kitschy cult film will get a kick out of that.

Objectively, The Intervention is great and is worth seeing, but it fades away fast once you leave the theatre.  Despite all the positive things I can say about the film, it’s missing a bit of lingering magic – a treasure Clea DuVall may be able to discover in her next project.

Catch The Intervention at Toronto’s Inside Out LGBT Film Festival on:

Tuesday, May 31 at 9:30 p.m. @ TIFF Bell Lightbox


Click here for more festival details and to buy tickets.

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