Review of “The Four-Faced Liar”

 
 

Bridget is at the emotional heart of the film, and thankfully, she’s an immensely likeable character. She’s unpretentious and cute, with a smart, mildly snarky personality that shines above her obvious fear of commitment. Like a bookish Shane (of The L Word), complete with a toothbrush, endless packs of smokes and a collection of shaggy sweatshirts, she sleeps with every other girl on the block, but somehow manages to fall for the cute straight girl.

As the writer and the performer behind the character, Marja Lewis Ryan imbues a fantastic sense of quarter-life confusion into Bridget’s confidence, making her as down-to-earth as she is fun to watch.

Molly works well as Bridget’s love interest she’s the girl that came out of nowhere (almost literally). Unsure of whom she really is (and what that means for her romantic partners), Peck brings her to life with a great deal of gravity, avoiding the flighty stereotypes often associated with this sort of character.

While Trip is funny and seems like the sort of guy everyone wants to have a beer with, his frisky behavior lands him (rightfully) in the doghouse. He comes off as a confused, potentially spoiled young guy who has no real idea of what he wants until he messes up. Chloe is a fantastic character she’s as sassy and funny as our primary roommates, with a touch more class and integrity. It’s a shame Osborn doesn’t get quite as much screen time as she deserves.

Greg is much less appealing, though Carlise certainly does an admirable job. While he’s very sweet, (almost to the point of being obnoxious), and Molly is wrong to go behind his back, he’s just a befuddled small-town boy who’s in way over his head. It doesn’t help that his conservative attitudes manifest as subtle (and eventually, very blatant) homophobia towards Bridget.

While the script does feel like it began its life as a play (generally revolving around 5 people in a room, Chekov-style), the music, energy, solid locations (it was actually shot in NYC) and excellent editing all help to give the production a polished feel. Director Jacob Chase deserves a great deal of credit for putting it all together with grace and style to spare.

The only major complaint concerns the age of the characters. Everyone is supposedly a college student, but each character looks and behaves more like someone in their mid-to-late 20s. This was downplayed in all of the promotional materials, but it’s pretty clear in the script that no one is supposed to be older than 21 or 22.

Likewise, the film is aimed straight at a 20-to-30-something audience. The music, fashion and general mood is hip and a little “twee,” which some viewers may find cloying. Haters of skinny jeans and flannel shirts may want to steer clear.

That’s a mild quibble, however, and certainly doesn’t detract from what is a thoroughly enjoyable, often unconventional movie.


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