Directed by: Eric England
Cast: Justin Dobies, Elizabeth Whitson, Noah Segan, Scout Taylor-Compton
My position as an Eric England fan hasn’t wavered. With each flick he makes, he showcases further refinement, and his concepts are becoming more diverse as time passes. He’s a young gun in the business, and while he may not be involved in James Wan sized productions yet, his movies look good, sound good and often feel surprisingly organic. Even a film as insanely far out as Get the Girl.
As for Get the Girl, well, the concept isn’t tremendously unique, but England throws enough monkey wrenches into the fold that it does indeed feel quite refreshing. It’s about a quirky young man with a killer crush on a girl he isn’t likely to hook up with. He knows he isn’t likely to hook up with her; she’s a few leagues out of his realm. But he does come up with a plan to entice a slick talking bar hopper to help in his mission to create a relationship with this young lady, he just happens to pick the wrong guy for the job.
The cast is a blast, and it’s loaded with genuinely interesting personalities. Justin Dobies portrays the would-be Romeo, and although he’s green, he’s good in a perfectly creepy kind of way. Fellow neophyte, Elizabeth Whitson also shines as the tough as nails survivor girl. And then you’ve got an impressive crew that comprises the picture’s antagonists, and included in that lot are the steadily improving Scout Taylor-Compton, the colorful Adi Shankar and the star of the film, Noah Segan. The ensemble isn’t just impressive as singular individuals, they also work extremely well with one another, which helps the film to move forward at a frantic but accurately timed pace, measured but only loosely, as a downright chaotic finale speeds at the viewer.
Although it’s more crime than horror, Get the Girl is dark and grim, and there are a few elements of the flick that justify a horror co-classification. It isn’t as straight forward as some of England’s other work, like Contracted or Madison County, but it’s a superior effort – arguably – to both of those films. The characters, overall, certainly feel a bit more complex and multi-layered. That helps in inviting viewers into a different level of immersion. Because there are so many realistic yet different personalities, we end up feeling as though we can relate to elements of each character. That’s a big win, in my honest opinion.
There are a dozen details I’d love to discuss, but I’m deep in spoiler territory just thinking about those plot points. Know this, however: the movie’s twists are abundant and satisfying. England will catch you with your pants down on more than a single occasion. That’s what strong storytellers can make happen. They’ll take you by surprise, and they’ll impress you with innovative ideas and compelling nuances. England is becoming that stud, capable of telling engaging stories and creating fetching personas, and Get the Girl is a great evolutionary step for the promising youngster.