Director: Jacob Tierney
Actors: Sonja Bennett, Danny Trejo, Laura Harris, James Caan, Paul Campbell
Writer: Sonja Bennett
Runtime: 106 min
The immature Ruth (Sonja Bennett) learns a lesson when she fakes her own pregnancy in Jacob Tierney’s film Preggoland (2014). Jealous of her friends who have all grown up without her, Ruth seeks acceptance through a lie that soon spirals out of control. Although its premise is promising, Preggoland is simply not a funny movie, which is especially disappointing due to the prior successes of its director. Bennett is a funny actress without any funny lines to deliver; ironic, given that she doubles as the film’s screenwriter. Although the movie does score a handful of humorous hits, the vast majority are wide misses. Ruth’s adolescent antics are simply unamusing, and her character is far less sharp or witty than is required for such a role to work. Supporting characters are relegated to caricatures of the overbearing sister and ditzy friends, while the talented James Caan is wasted as the excited grandfather-to-be. The plot itself follows a predictable trajectory and becomes ludicrous by its conclusion, which seemed as though it was never going to end. Preggoland was a good idea that did not work out. Neither endearing nor snarky, it merely lies in the middle. Check out Tierney’s The Trotsky (2010) for a better example of this director’s work.
Overall Rating: 3 / 10