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S#!%house [Blu-ray]
(Dylan Gelula, Cooper Raiff, Amy Landecker, Logan Miller, et al / Blu-ray / R / 2021 / IFC Independent Films)

Overview: Lonely college freshman Alex (writer/director Cooper Raiff) has closed himself off from his peers, who all appear to have this whole college thing figured out.

But everything changes one night when Alex takes a leap and attends a party where he forges a strong connection with Maggie (Dylan Gelula, FIRST GIRL I LOVED).

The next day, she ignores him completely and seems to have forgotten about their amazing night. Desperately clinging to his social breakthrough, Alex pulls out all the stops with one more night, hoping to rekindle that moment of connection.

Blu-ray Verdict: In all complete truth, and as I had not delved too deeply online into this movie (so that I could watch it afresh), I was not quite prepared for what S#!%house brought to the cinematic table!

Furthermore, the title alone had me assuming that the film would be some sort of raunchy college comedy, and indeed the opening scenes seemed to indicate it would be, so come the moment it somewhat veered off into becoming a then insightful drama, well, it had my full attention.

For me, not the best title that a movie of this ilk could have come up with, but at its core S#!%house is a most genuine and heartfelt look at separation anxiety, loneliness and sheer terror that manifests itself (and how quickly) within the adult human world of connections made/unmade.

Cooper Raiff, who wrote, directed and starred in this is someone with great potential. Dylan Gelula as Maggie was no slouch in her role either and very impressive. Logan Miller is great fun to watch as the party animal roommate, all be it there are times when you just want to subconsciously rein him in a little.

In closing, yes, it does indeed open at a frat party, and at a place called, of course, S#!%house, and yes, someone does sh*t themselves, but stick with this film and you will be rewarded with something so real, so open, so raw and honest that it might just have you second guessing your own moves within this world. [Leb] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Deleted Scenes
Bloopers
Madeline & Cooper Short Film
Trailer

Official Trailer

Amazon Purchase Link

www.IFCfilms.com





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