SHITHOUSE MOVIE REVIEW
“Shithouse” is the debut feature from writer-director-actor Cooper Raiff. College freshman Alex (Raiff) is homesick, pathologically shy, and hasn’t made a single friend all year. After an awkward experience at the Shithouse — THE party house on campus — Alex has a meet cute with his dorm RA Maggie (Dylan Gelula). They spend the evening together and talk about their lives, their families, their hopes and dreams. This kind of social interaction is a major breakthrough for the inexperienced Alex so he’s understandably confused when the emotionally unavailable Maggie ignores him the next day. Desperate to rekindle their connection, Alex goes to the next Shithouse party in the hopes of winning Maggie back. This mumblecore rom-com has been earning lots of critical praise and won the 2020 SXSW Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature. Our crew of critical co-eds Julien, Adrian, and Luna (AKA Jena) ditched school to watch this movie and they brought enough opinions to share with the class. Did they give “Shithouse” a passing grade or flunk it? Listen and find out!
DIRECTED BY: Cooper Raiff
STARRING: Cooper Raiff, Dylan Gelula, Amy Landecker, Logan Miller, Olivia Welch, Abby Quinn, Juan Wood, Joy Sunday, Adan Rocha, Chinedu Unaka
Adrian El Critico (Screener Squad)
Though born and raised in Chicago, this film critic is Mexican to the bone. Adrian has been watching movies since he was a child, many of which might not have been age appropriate. Still, he couldn’t get enough. All throughout his life, friends and family would look to him for his recommendations and reviews on whatever films had come their way. Inspired earlier in life by the likes of Ebert and Roper at The Movies and then later Spill.com, Adrian decided film criticism and analysis provided a great outlet to further his love of film. He began to craft his reviews and thoughts on film in ways he thought would be accessible to devout film hounds as well as the casual viewer. Mixing in jokes, entertaining observations and robust critical analysis, Adrian El Critico may be new to OneOfUs, but he is already making a name for himself on our site. If Horror movies are your thing, get ready to hear his voice.
Julien Hemmendinger (Screener Squad)
Born in Washington D.C. currently living in LA shootin’ for the stars trying to make it as an actor and recently started pursuing stand up comedy in 2019. I live for the worst movies. The Room is great but Roar is king. I also host the NO FRIENDS PODCAST on alittlefireburning.com .
Jena Perry (Screener Squad)
Jena Perry. Aka Luna. Aka Dion. Aka Memori. Aka Dog whisperer. Aka whiskey connoisseur. As you can see, depending on when you met this Oakland, California native, you have experienced a completely different person, each time. After finally deciding on a 13+year career choice as a Videographer and Radio Personality, Jena balances her time between pursuing her Doctorate in Philosophy, providing insightful and funny critiques on films and Television, raising her daughter and dog in Ohio, and constantly fighting off the existential dread that is being a dope black woman in America in the 20th century.
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