I honestly cannot blame if you say you haven't heard of this film, the media spotlight is primarily focused on those big blockbuster films which makes fans cry of excitement, joy and nostalgia. Just this week 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (2015), 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)' and Fantastic Four (2015) debuted their latest teaser trailers for the millions of fans around the world to feast their eyes on.
But there is so much that audiences are missing out on, there are so many small, yet entertaining films out right now, one of those being 'Preggoland'. I had the fortunate chance to see an early pre-screening before it's release on May 8th, 2015 and boy, this film exceeded my expectations.
The film is directed by Jacob Tierney and stars Sonja Bennett, James Caan, Paul Campbell and most recognisable Danny Trejo.
Preggoland is set in the modern day and follows the story of rebellious adult Ruth (Sonja Bennett) who lacks in responsibility and quite clearly hasn't adjusted into the more grown up lifestyles that all her friends around her have settled into. As her friends begin to resent her company, Ruth fakes being pregnant to fit in with her friends with the help of Pedro (Danny Trejo), while she also lies to her Father (James Caan) and her boss Danny (Paul Campbell).
Watch the trailer before we get started.
So here are 5 Reasons as to WHY you should see Preggoland!
1. Female lead steals the stage
Sonja Bennett is easily one of the best parts of the film, she is a great actress. Not only did she write a good script which keeps the laughs coming on a continuously, her mannerisms, facial expressions and so on and so forth are perfect. She was a great choice for the main lead! It's great to see a female actress put as the main lead for once, Sonja carries the film by herself brilliantly.
2. Danny Trejo not in an action film?
I think most people will associate Danny Trejo's roles to commonly be in action films and yes I think they're right, but that is what makes this film so unique from his other performances! Danny gives a good, entertaining and yet comical performance as Pedro as he helps Ruth cover her up fake pregnancy, he gives some hysterical lines and is a part of what is probably some of the best films scenes of the film. Seeing Mr Trejo not using weapons is a great delight and if you're a fan of his work, then you should definitely give this a go.
3. Not a cliche comedy
A lot of comedies these days are pretty much the same, I mean they are filled with the same plot with characters who have completely the same persona. I mean look at Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the jokes consist of him getting hurt by falling over or getting hit in areas that must not be named, this the the reason why I am such a fan of Preggoland. These types of comedies are what stand out above the others every year, so unsurprisingly it's the non family friendly ones. Now in all fairness, this isn't that non family friendly if exclude the odd sexual reference, drug use and the odd 'f*ck' or 'sh*t' here and there but the story is suitable for most ages. Preggoland can even teach you a lesson about conforming just to fit in, is never a good thing. I personally get sick of the bad, less than 5stars on IMDb rated films that come out every year that seem to promise a lot, but ultimately fail in everything a comedy should be. If you're a fan of comedies then this is right for you, this film will satisfy you almost instantly.
4. A comedy when YOU actually feel for the character
Now I've always felt that a lot of comedies, wait scratch that, a lot of films fail in having you feel for the character. By reaching the climax I can honestly say that I felt for the character, and almost like I just wanted to give her a hug. I think this was done brilliantly by Jacob Tierney directing these dramatic yet entertaining scenes. Although it's not up there with films like Captain Phillips where I ended up being on the edge of my seat with my heart pounding, I definitely had myself feeling sorry for Ruth and would definitely recommend it if you're wanting that extra mile of film making.
5. A Simple plot but told in an interesting way
I have to say it, this plot was actually quite basic. But it doesn't feel basic unless you really think about it, yes it might have generic foundations but so do many of our favourite films. The Avengers (2012) and Avatar (2009) have such basic plots and yet they are some of the most highest grossing films of all time! This is the type of comedy that is worth watching, is easy going and yet is distinct from everyone comedy this year so far.
I have listed just five different reasons as to why you should see this film and that's not even half of it! I really enjoyed this film and I definitely think you will too, I will give it a 7/10.