Film Reviews

NZIFF Film Review - Dinner in America (2020)

Not your normal meat and three veg movie...

David Boyle

A warning to those who have a sensitive stomach. Dinner in America has an acquired taste, yet it is one of the more delicious movies I have seen for some time and that's saying something.

Directed by Adam Rehmeier, the opening scene gives nothing away to what is about to follow and I dare anyone watching the first 20 minutes not to find something offensive. It sits on the edge of what even the most hardened soul might struggle to digest without some level of gagging.  Yet there are some magical moments that capture incredibly well the true problems we have in families and society today, even if they are delivered sometimes with a sledgehammer.

The storyline is not unique. Boy, Simon played by Kyle Gallner, meets girl, played by Emily Skeggs, and they fall in love, nothing new here.  However, it's how they get together and ultimately connect that makes this a beautiful journey.

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I don't want to give too much more away.  This is a story that is best served hot.

It is challenging, funny, tragic and warm. They have taken a classic recipe and deconstructed it in a way that gives an old story some new life.  It may even have a hit single, well at least on the alternative top 20 charts, and that's saying something.

That's the other element I love: the music and the scene where Simon and Emily create a single is just brilliant.

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So, if you like something new and have a strong constitution, best you make your reservation for Dinner in America now, you won't be disappointed.

NZIFF 2020 - Watch Dinner in America HERE.

Written By: David Boyle David’s day job is head of sales and marketing at Mint Asset Management. It doesn’t sound very rock and roll does it? But don’t be put off, he is passionate about music and has been nearly all his life. Better known as Boylee, he can’t sing a note in tune, remember a complete song lyric, nor play an instrument of any sort, but he does have an eye-opening knowledge of modern music and is never shy to share it with his friends and peers.