THE FRIENDSHIP GAME MOVIE REVIEW
I don’t know if you’ve ever been to High School, but it’s a fucking drag. You stink, so you need a shower all the time, peers make assumptions about your character, and everyone is filled to the brim with hormones… It’s great! (HEAVIEST OF SARCASM). So if you hated how awkward you were in High School, you’re going to hate The Friendship Game even more. Written by Damien Ober and directed by Scooter Corkle (apparently not a made up name), The Friendship Game right out of the gate throws it’s premise at you, like a hungry toddler throwing a fit after you inform them that the movie The Friendship Game exists. Four friends stumble on a “game” that supposed to test their friendships before they move on to college. What it really tested was my patience for lazy writing. Look, it’s not the worst thing ever, but for such a high concept plot, it barely scratches the surface. Nor does it address many conflicts that arise in the film. Overall; Jordan, Lewayne, Bradly, and Chad all think this movie could have been better if more time was used to flesh out characters and help define motivations more clearly.
DIRECTED BY: Scooter Corkle
STARRING: Peyton List, Brendan Meyer, Maria Hart, Miranda Edwards, Jennifer Copping, Dylan Schombing, Kaitlyn Santa Juana, Annette Reilly, Kelcey Mawema, Lynn Whyte, Miriam Smith
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)
Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.
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