Apartment Troubles DVD Review
“Apartment Troubles” is an unfunny and grating indie comedy.
Nicole (an artist from a rich family) and Olivia (an actress) are best friends whose lives are stuck in a rut. Not only are they broke, but they’re facing eviction. After Olivia’s cat tragically dies, the two decide to travel to LA for a much needed vacation. While there, they stay with Nicole’s family, audition for a talent reality show, and encounter eccentric people. Can they learn from their experiences and get their lives back on track? Will you even care what happens to these NYC hipsters? That’s up for you to decide.
“Apartment Troubles” plays like a modern female centric American indie film version of “Withnail and I.” While that may sound intriguing on paper, this ‘Withnail’ wannabe is not going to become a renowed cult classic like Bruce Robinson’s film. In fact, the film will be hard pressed to find an audience at all.
To say “Apartment Troubles” is an irritating, meandering, plotless, and uneventful film is an understatement. Stars/writers Jess Weixler (best known for the underrated “Teeth”) and Jennifer Prediger are certainly talented individuals, but they are out of their depth here with this feature film project. From start to finish, Weixler and Prediger struggle to sculpt humor and create identifiable characters that the audience can root for. Had Olivia and Nicole not argued, whined, and blabbered ad nauseum, they might have been sympathetic and appealing. Instead, you never care about their journey to get their lives together. You just want them off screen.
Perhaps the most frustrating aspect here is that big named talent such as Will Forte, Megan Mullally, and Jeffrey Tambor are wasted in equally unappealing roles. Truthfully, there isn’t a single likable character here which is the film’s greatest detriment.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The film is professionally shot and the DVD transfer is solid.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Fine but the score and music is super distracting throughout.
The only extras are Gravitas Ventures trailers.
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