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6 Degrees Entertainment

Long Weekend
(Finn Wittrock, Zoe Chao, Casey Wilson, Jim Rash, Damon Wayans Jr., et al / DVD / R / 2021 / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Overview: When down-on-his-luck Bart (Finn Wittrock) has a chance encounter with the enigmatic Vienna (Zoe Chao), the two fall fast and hard.

An enchanted weekend courtship leads to unexpected revelations, but the secrets both carry could be their undoing or the chance for a fresh start.

DVD Verdict: As Long Weekend opens, we get to know Jeremy. He is definitely down on his luck, being kicked out of his apartment by his landlord, and hence having to move in the garage of his buddy Doug, who is married with three little kids!

Jeremy decides to go see Being There that is playing at the Hayworth (in LA), where he dozes off and he is awakened by the movie theater employee, a woman named Vienna.

One thing leads to another, and she asks him out for a drink. She seems to be the mysterious type, with no drivers license, no cell phone, and a wad of $20 bills in her purse.

At this point we are a mere ten minutes into the movie, but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, so you will just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Now, what I will tell you is please do not confuse this movie with the same titled 1978 film by Colin Eggleston or its 2008 remake. This Long Weekend is a labor of love from Stephen Basilone, who stars (as Jeremy) and he also wrote the original script and produced for good measure.

But does it make a decent film? The answer is yes, sure, at times, but not consistently enough. First of all, the script is simply not compelling. Even when we learn the so-called big reveal about a third of the way in, nothing much changes within us (maybe because we kinda-sorta saw it coming).

Also, the film stands or falls with how the two main characters, Jeremy and Vienna, relate to each other. Sadly, there is no really major chemistry between Stephen Basilone and Zoe Chao (as Vienna).

That said, if you are in the mood for a romantic comedy or are a fan of either Zoe Chao or Stephen Basilone, I would suggest you check it out, but know ahead of time that whilst there are some truly beautiful moments to be found here, overall it does not completely stick the landing. But hey, each to their own, of course, as you might well view it differently. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.00:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

Official Long Weekend Website