A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
Directed by Jason Headley
Two would-be thieves forge a surprising relationship with an unexpected housesitter when they accidentally trap themselves in a house they just broke into.
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★★★★ review by kwang on Letterboxd
Badger from Breaking Bad gets a starring role! This was my favorite screening at the Dallas International Film Festival. The film follows two average Joes who break into a supposedly empty house in order to perform a heist, intentions unbeknownst to the audience. Unfortunately, they accidentally set the house alarm while inside, trapping themselves in. Meanwhile, they discover another non-resident in the house, a woman who has other motives for why she is inside.
This is great independent filmmaking all-around. The concentration here is placed on character development and script, which works well most of the time. The chemistry amongst the leads is fun and likeable. Newcomer Eleanore Pienta steals the movie as the young woman discovered inside the house, with a level of charisma and attraction that works well in her role. Overall, this is a fun and pleasant independent film that aims to please with its dialogue and situational comedy.
★★★★½ review by Jeff Widman on Letterboxd
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★★★★ review by Joel Liss on Letterboxd
Really funny with enough obstacles and emotions to never run out of steam like it probably should have.
Great chemistry beetween the actors too.
★★★½ review by Kevin Levine on Letterboxd
Cucalorus 23 - Film #31!
Two men break into a house in a gated community, accidentally arm the house's alarm system, and team up with an unexpected inhabitant in order to break back out of the house before the homeowners come back from vacation. If this sounds like the plot to a ridiculously hilarious heist comedy you didn't know you needed, then you'd be right. A Bad Idea Gone Wrong is also full of clever twists, subtle jokes, brilliant physical comedy, and really good performances from the three leads. This cast does a great job of being funny, awkward, innocent, smart, stupid, and devious all at the same time.
Where the film falters a bit for me is in its ending; SPOILER ALERT, but everything ends up going right for them in an ending that is clever, yet unsatisfying due to the film's title and it left me with some unanswered questions. It's hard to explain, but it felt resolved and unresolved at the same time and I wish they would've explored the story a bit more post-heist. Surely some more stuff should have gone down after they escaped the house.
★★★½ review by Natalie on Letterboxd
One of my favorites from SXSW
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