Published May 26, 2016If you're looking for a Big Chill-esque ensemble dramedy that's a bit lighter than 2014's About Alex, look no further than actress-turned-writer/director Clea DuVall's debut feature film, The Intervention.
Annie (Happy Christmas's Melanie Lynskey) and a few of her college buddies reunite at her family's summer home in Savannah, Georgia during a weekend away in the hopes of convincing their married friends, Ruby (Cobie Smulders) and Peter (Vincent Piazza), to split up. But the trip out of town causes more problems than it solves, as each of their personal demons are exposed for all to see.
Although the script suffers from a few bumps along the way, DuVall's ruminations on life and love in the 21st century will resonate with viewers no matter their background, offering up at least a few poignant observations about adulthood and the ongoing journey and challenge to become emotionally mature.
The Intervention plays on May 31, 9:30 p.m. at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival (Paramount)