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Review: Inane 'Falling Overnight' stumbles badly

Nothing works in this formless film that tries too hard to be cute.

August 03, 2012|By Mark Olsen
  • Parker Croft and Emilia Zoryan in "Falling Overnight."
Parker Croft and Emilia Zoryan in "Falling Overnight." (Christian Yeager )

In "Falling Overnight" a wealthy, socially awkward young man is preparing to undergo brain surgery when he meets a girl and they embark on an evening's adventure, occasionally bumping into her friends, a crew who "get a little crazy." The group drinks, hangs out and chatters about cheese, kangaroos and outer space.

The film — directed by Conrad Jackson (who also served as cinematographer and editor) from a script he co-wrote with Aaron Golden and male lead Parker Croft — seems designed to have a love-will-find-you serendipity about it, but instead comes off as formless and inane.

Jackson's handheld camera often appears uncertain of where the action is, perhaps because there is no action as Croft and his female counterpart Emilia Zoryan fumble through their scenes. Placing two undefined ciphers against one another brings neither into relief; it pushes both further into the distance.

Early in their brief courtship one asks the other, "So what do you think makes someone interesting?" The answer to that question certainly will not be found in "Falling Overnight."

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"Falling Overnight." No MPAA rating. Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes. At the Downtown Independent, Los Angeles.

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