Alex Essoe was the star of one of my favorite films, Starry Eyes, and showed up as Wendy in Dr. Sleep. Here, she plays Michelle, a newlywed interior designer who gets snared up in the life of Linda (Precious Chong, who is great here), a woman who seemingly spends her entire day in exercise classes. Their chance meeting is something way more than it seems however, in a movie that is a social media update to Misery.
Chong and Essoe wrote the script with director Zach Gayne and there’s a real joy here in the way the actresses get to communicate back and forth. The truth serum idea, where Linda just wants Michelle to tell her the truth — and then hates every minute of it — is inspired.
Gayne also directed a movie called States that we watched last year that stood out for its dialogue and willingness to get weird. I’m excited to see what he does next, as I’ve found so much to enjoy in both of his films that I’ve seen so far.
Homewrecker will be released in select theaters on June 26. It will then be released on demand and on DVD on July 7.
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