Acquainted (2018) Movie Review

Director: Natty Zavitz

Writer: Natty Zavitz (Screenplay)

Starring: Giacomo Gianniotti, Laysla De Oliveira, Rachel Skarsten, Jonathan Keltz, Adelaide Kane

Plot: After old acquaintances run into each other at a bar, they each begin seeing each other and question their own respective long-term relationships.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Acquainted starts when Drew (Gianniotti) and Emma (Oliveira) meet on a night out, the two were former acquaintances and both are involved in long term relationships, but they have a friendship that sees them wanting to spend time together.

Drew has just bought a home with his girlfriend, looking to decorate it in their own style, while Emma is looking to move to Montreal for her latest part of education, one which might see her moving away from her boyfriend Alex (Ablack), both people’s lives are about to change, now they need to decide what they would like most in their future.

Thoughts on Acquainted

Final Thoughts Acquainted brings us into the modern view of love, seeing how two people could meet at random and believe they are in love, only to have a problem about being together, being involved in a relationship with other people. It shows us how people can be taking the biggest stage of their lives, but someone could make them rethink this decision, even if it is just a spark, that could throw away something they have had for years. It is strange that the characters are not the nicest, as you see how they are so desperately trying to cheat on each other’s partners even if they know it would be wrong. It never offers up enough of the idea that people could be friends, showing that people can throw away something stable for the unknown. The acting through the film is strong with Giacomo Gianniotti and Laysla De Oliveira taking the leading roles well through the film.

ACQUAINTED (VOD/DVD Release 12/8/20)

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – G – Gambit (2012)

Director: Michael Hoffman

Writer: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Screenplay) Sidney Carroll (Short Story)

Starring: Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Cameron Diaz, Tom Courtenay, Mike Noble, Cloris Leachman


Plot: An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.

Tagline – A fake masterpiece. The perfect plan.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Quirky, But Flat Comedy


Story: Gambit starts when art curator Harry Deane (Firth) and his partner The Major (Courtenay) who head to Texas in search for PJ Puznowski (Diaz) in an attempt to pull off revenge against his boss Shabandar (Rickman).

Harry has a perfect plan in his head one he thinks he can pull off, the problem comes from nothing seems to go as smoothly as he planned and Harry must go figure out how to get the money he wants from Shabandar.


Thoughts on Gambit


Characters – Harry Deane is an art curator that is tired of the abusive nature of his boss, he wants to get revenge and in his head he has a perfect plan. He remains confident in his plan even after everything seems to go wrong and we soon learn he is the one needing to become desperate. Shabandar is the boss who collects the rarest pieces of art, he is feared by his employees and knows how to get a deal done. PJ Puznowski is the Texan cowgirl that is being used by Harry to get the con done, she however seems to be larger than life full of bubbles which only makes the job harder than Harry has planned. Her character does feel a stereotype of Americans. The Major is the forger that has been working helping Harry make the money, he does worry about his friend’s decisions.

PerformancesColin Firth is fun in the leading role of this film, he gets to have fun in the leading role keeping a straight face through the comedy in the film. Cameron Diaz enjoys playing the generic American getting to poke fun at the stereotype. Alan Rickman as the bad boss is also good for his part getting to look at disgust at the people involved in the film. the problem with the performances comes from the characters not being a true as they deserve to.

StoryThe story follows an art curator that wants to get revenge on his employer and plans an elaborate plan to con him with his weakness, art even though not everything goes to plan. The story breaks the traditions of a con movie because usually we have an ultra smooth calm leading man, this time we have one trying to hold everything together to get the job done. This is a nice twist it does work, though with a heist movie we do like the confident lead to fill us with enjoyment. The villainous boss never comes off as evil either which again doesn’t help us want to see him get his. This is a problem that does go through the film a lot.

Comedy/CrimeThe comedy relies on the use of innuendos which the first time are fun, though they become tiresome quickly, the crime focuses on the art sale which never feels like it isn’t going to happen.

SettingsThe film uses the setting of London to show how the businessman conducts himself through everyday life which only makes us see how PJ is enjoying the new country and lifestyle she is thrown into.

Scene of the Movie –
Security system.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Innuendos getting tiresome quickly.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the crime comedies that does miss more than it hits, which is a shame because it has an excellent cast.


Overall: Simple Crime Comedy.