Sometimes in Life is an entertaining, well made, decidedly indie film that, despite being set in the present, has an undeniable 90s vibe. The story of a drifter who has just lost his father and a young lesbian who suspects foul play from her partner; it’s an unlikely buddy movie with a sweet, uplifting core.
Jill (Sara Stepnicka) is a fashion designer with a hot blond girlfriend, Adrianna (Gunhild Giil), a gorgeous house and a cute dog. But not all is happy in domestic-ville – Jill suspects that Adrianna is being unfaithful. There’s trouble in paradise even in the first scene, where Jill wants a bit of a friendly wake up and Adrianna isn’t having it. Later on, she tries to kiss her girlfriend in the supermarket, only to get a cold diss. As Jill sews one day, she sees a commercial for a local "heartbreak" investigator (kind of like a private investigator who films all the drama), and gets a few ideas.
Jill and Adrianna’s relationship is tumultuous, to say the least, and the fact that Jill is willing to call a PI on her partner doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. They are, however, very hot together and their occasional love scenes all but set the screen on fire.
L to R: Adrianna (Gunhild Giil) and Jill (Sara Stepnicka)
Meanwhile, our other lead is attending to his father at his deathbed. Rob (Eric Morrison) is silent while the rest of his family mourns. Later, we see him hanging out at home, eating junk food and smoking. He looks to his right and finds a new painting on the wall; a fat slug surrounded by junk – the latest of his best friend/roommate Jason’s creations. It’s an amusing harbinger of things to come.
L to R: Eric Morrison as Rob, with Jon E. Livernois as Jason
Jason is an eastern philosophy-loving artist who lives clean as can be, and he’s there for his buddy through the grieving process. But when Rob doesn’t come out of his stupor, Jason decides to take action, forcing his friend to eat right, exercise, and start taking photos, encouraging Rob to re-discover his passion. It’s also a way for Rob to get over his dad’s passing, as Rob Sr. was a photographer and left a number of cameras to his son.
This section of the film is great fun, once poor Rob is feeling up to Jason’s "challenge." Jason is inherently likeable; an artistic soul who spouts all sorts of wisdom and hides behind a smile that makes one wonder whether he believes half of what he says. He’s charming and kind, while Rob is likeable in his own, stubby way. He’s a funny, lovable loser with a self-deprecating sense of humor and no idea where to go from here.