Writer: Mike Finazzo (Screenplay)
Starring: Kelly Lloyd, Chris Milner, Bryan Preston
Plot: Life is simpler in black and white.” This line, uttered midway through Bored in the U.S.A., could well serve as the film’s thesis statement. Following the budding friendship of Kelly (Kelly Lloyd, Baltimore Improv Group), a bored housewife, and Chris (Chris Milner, Comedy Central), a displaced Londoner, this film takes an honest look at life by disposing of conventional on-screen relationships. Bored exposes the inherent drama in the silences between what people say and don’t say to each other.
Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Modern Day Before Sunrise
Story: Bored in the USA starts as we meet bored housewife Kelly (Lloyd) whose marriage is starting to feel boring and lacking excitement with her friends, busy with their lives, we also meet Londoner Chris (Milner) who is packing up his life before moving back to England to start a life with his fiancée.
With Chris trying to sell the last of his property he bumps into Kelly, who had previous met at a party, the two end up spending the rest of their day together, giving themselves a chance to discuss the problems in their lives and the fears of their future.
Thoughts on Bored in the USA
Characters – Kelly is the bored housewife, her marriage has fallen into routine, which makes her feel emptier as each day passes, her friends are busy with their own life, while she craves just being able to have more conversations, experiences and just life moments, she spends the day with Chris learning that he is offering her part of these moments. Chris is the Londoner that once met Kelly at a party, now years later he is engaged and about to move home to England, he does have the fears of what it is like to take the next step in life, he does however see it as the next step in life. This is a film that follows these two characters more than anything else, anyone else we do meet doesn’t get much time and is only there to put the main characters on the right path.
Performances – We have a two person show with Kelly Lloyd and Chris Milner both showing excellent chemistry through the film, they show how both their characters are feeling through the life choices.
Story – The story follows two near strangers, they met once at a party and end up spending a day hanging out with each other discussing life’s ups and downs they have been through or facing. The story does keep everything simple and it is easy to compare to the ‘Before trilogy’ because of the story relies on the conversation flowing and the two people who look at life in different ways. We get to see just how difficult life can be when you are left wondering about what could have been in life. The idea that this only last over one day shows how just a conversation can add a spark to people’s lives even if the time is short together.
Settings – The film is set in Baltimore which shows just how the neighbourhood feeling can be found if you know the city you are in and the secret locations many would not know about.
Final Thoughts – This is a wonderful look at life, love, chances and moments that can make life feel like the best and worst thing, we have a conversation film that never feels forced or out of place.
Overall: Wonderful look at life.