Quick Reviews: About Fate and The Class (2022)

Two strangers believe in love but never seem to be able to find its true meaning. In a wild twist of events, fate puts each in the other’s path on one stormy New Year’s Eve.

About Fate is exactly what you think it’s going to be from the plot, but the movie manages to still work quite well. Is it absolutely cheesy and feels a bit like a Hallmark holiday movie (despite being released in September)? Oh absolutely but what makes the movie is Emma Roberts and Thomas Mann plus their chemistry is very charming, the movie has some genuinely cute moments that are full of heart and are actually quite touching. Not every scene is successful but there’s enough here to satisfy romantic comedy fans.

About Fate is available on all VOD Platforms.

6/10 C+

Six high school seniors are offered a last chance to graduate by taking a one-day makeup class on a Saturday. The students find themselves sitting beside classmates they never took the time to get to know during the regular semester.

The Class is what happens when you take The Breakfast Club and you make it unfunny, uninteresting and terrible. I genuinely don’t know what to say here to be quite honest, the cast are fine particularly Lyric Ross who definitely tries with the script she’s given. A lot of this movie just reminds the viewer they could be watching a better movie combine that with a painful 1 hour and 54 minute running time that feels like an eternity. The script is very bare bones and doesn’t give a lot of the characters proper development, the ending is sweet but by then it’s too little too late. Just watch The Breakfast Club instead.

The Class is available on all VOD Platforms.

2/10 F

Abandoned is a by the numbers haunted house movie featuring Emma Roberts.

After a couple move into a remote farmhouse with their infant son, the woman’s struggles with postpartum psychosis begin to intensify.

Abandoned is a very by the numbers haunted house movie that happens to include Emma Roberts, who is easily the best part about it and really gives it her all with such a limited script. Otherwise the rest of the movie plays out exactly how you expect it to, there’s also a screaming baby who gets annoying very quickly and it never stops at all. There’s some attempt of trying to tackle mental health but it’s way too surface level to even matter, the jumpscares are also way too predictable plus the set up for said jumpscares are very uninspired. Emma Robert’s character is unfortunately not very well fleshed out, she’s your very standard horror protagonist that you won’t remember by the end of the movie. Overall there just isn’t a whole to Abandoned to be worthwhile it might be okay for someone who’s just getting into horror films and wants to start out with something small, but then again there’s far better options to choose from.

Abandoned is available on all VOD Platforms.

3/10 D-

Nobody Sleeps In The Woods Tonight and Holidate (2020)

A group of technology-dependent teenagers goes to – offline camp. Common hiking in the woods without access to smartphones will not end, however, as planned by the organizers.

I thought I would never here the word “gay” be used as an insult in a film in 2020 but here we are I guess. The newest Netflix horror movie Nobody Sleeps In The Woods Tonight is the most basic slasher movie, it doesn’t do anything new or interesting. It just copies off of what slasher films have done such as Friday The 13th and Wrong Turn, there is some great kills with some surprisingly great gore. But outside of that this is very bare bones. If you go into this movie only looking for a slasher film to watch then you might enjoy this one. However what really hurts this movie is the terrible writing, it attempts to be meta but completely fails. The movie also tries to throw in some humor that feels very dated or is just not funny at the slightest. Anyone looking for anything new or interesting in the slasher genre might want to sit this one out.

4/10 D+

Sloane and Jackson hate being single on holidays where they face constant judgment from their meddling families. So, when these two strangers meet, they pledge to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion in the year ahead.

One particular genre of Netflix Original movies I really don’t like are the Holiday/Christmas ones. They are all almost the exact same thing, almost all of them are terrible and it feels like they are coming out earlier and earlier each year. To be absolutely fair Holidate isn’t that bad but that’s mostly due to Emma Roberts who is by far the best thing this movie has going for it. The writing is as predictable as you would expect, the story has been done several times before. Holidate does have some cute moments that do work thanks to some character development, but that there really is not that much else too Holidate. It’s harmless enough and definitely one of the better Netflix Holiday/Christmas movies but that’s not saying a whole lot.

5/10 C

Adopt A Highway (2019)

An ex-felon discovers a live baby left in a dumpster. I’ll start out by saying Logan Marshall-Green is really talented, last year’s Upgrade was incredible and showed how a theater released movie with a rather small budget could be so much better than a lot of high budget films. Fast forward to this year and we have this movie….which is pretty excellent! Ethan Hawke is by far the best part of this movie, he really brings it all together and gives such a believable performance it’s almost like your watching an actual person. As far as a plot the movie doesn’t really have one, sure there is the main idea of the movie but much more occurs, which in this case I thought worked really well for this movie. Mostly because of how human it feels, a lot of stuff that happens in this movie does actually happen. There’s also some very powerful moments in the film that made me tear up a bit, the writing feels very down to earth and the acting feels raw! Overall it’s a very well done movie that I highly recommend checking out.
9/10 A

Paradise Hills (2019)

Uma wakes up in an apparently idyllic school for young ladies called Paradise, meant to reform her and her new friends. But there’s a darker secret behind its walls. Visually this movie is incredible, the filming, production design, costume design and so on are all very well done! The cast is also very solid Emma Roberts, Awkwafina and a few others are definitely some highlights of the movie. With that said everything else unfortunately was not that great, the writing while it wasn’t necessarily bad was not exactly good either, it felt way too basic and didn’t develop the characters very well at all. I think what ruins this movie is the final act  it got way too bizarre way too fast, being bizarre isn’t a bad thing at all. Heck when it’s done right the results can be really great, but in this case I feel like it was sort of slapped on towards the end and the movie doesn’t really do anything with it. I really wanted to like this movie but it just missed quite a few marks.
5/10 C