Duck Butter (Film) Review

I’ve come to the conclusion that I am really not a fan of ‘the disintegration of a relationship’ movies – or Doom Coms™?

This probably says an awful lot about me, that I can’t handle the truth, but there it is. Blue Valentine had me cringing and praying for it to end and there have been many films of the same ilk since. Duck Butter falls into this camp as far as I’m concerned and now I feel like I need my mummy and a big cuddle.

*Spoilers*

Duck Butter (2018)

IMDB Synopsis

Two women, who are dissatisfied with the dishonesty they see in dating and relationships, decide to make a pact to spend 24 hours together hoping to find a new way to create intimacy.

My Review

Alia Shawkat is one of my favourite actresses at the moment so it is truly a joy to see her face whenever and wherever it pops up. In Duck Butter, as actress Naima, she meets the soulful (?) Sergio (Laia Costa) in a club and the two quickly hit it off. Somewhere during this evening together the two discuss spending the next 24 hours together, the plan being to shag every hour on the hour in order to create a super intense intimacy. Phew.

Initially, Naima backtracks a little because she’s just taken a new job making a film with The Duplass Brothers and this upsets Sergio.

Side note: the whole film within a film, Naima working with Mark and Jay who are playing themselves thing is so fucking meta that it actually hurts a little bit.

But when she is fired for ‘creative differences’, she persuades Sergio to pick up where they left off – and so begins 24 hours in the life of Naima and Sergio.

Well, there’s not all that much to say other than it starts hot, heavy and sexy, and then the ugly aspects of each of the characters begin to show and the love slowly but surely dies. Perhaps a relationship doesn’t need so much fucking examination all the time?

Naima is obviously still stinging from her professional rejection, while Sergio has a complicated relationship with her mother. Both women are creatives and this lends itself to a passionate and fiery joint temperament. Honestly, I must cop to not really remembering much of the nuance, this is more like a walking nightmare. By the end credits I felt as though I’d gone through my own breakup and I felt sad and battered.

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Both performances are hyper real and it is easy to forget you’re not peeping in on an authentic relationship. Neither are that likable either with needy traits (that lord knows I have when I’m in the midst of a anxiety attack). I think it’s sometimes hard to watch because the viewer will see so many aspects of themselves mirrored back at them. At least that’s how I see it.

There are plenty of awkward moments including a very forced orgy instigated by Naima to mark the end of the relationship Sergio doesn’t seem to want to end. Honestly, I was keen for the end credits to roll – and it was a beautiful release when they did.

I can’t say the performances were bad and aesthetically it’s a hipster’s dream, it just didn’t have the something I expected. I felt no true sympathy for anyone and also, how cheated are we that we only get Mae Whitman for a few measly scenes? It’s a total liberty.

While reading up on this I did find out that this was originally written about a hetero couple. Apparently, the extended sex scenes made Alia and her male co-star uncomfortable so it was rewritten for two women – thank god for small mercies, eh?

My Rating

2.5/5.

What does my love think of this one? Would she last 24 hours with it or would she kick it to the kerb within 90 minutes? Find out here.

New Year, Nice Things: 2 Things I’m Watching

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So January has been dubbed New Year, Nice Things Month (by me) because we all know how truly shitty it is getting back into the swing of it, having to work and adhere to rules while simultaneously dealing with the fallout from Christmas, a nice time admittedly but quite pointless in the long run.

Having to deal with zero money, diet chat, people talking incessantly about going to the gym when that’s the last place you want to be, the cold (which NGL I LOVE) – all of that can take its toll. (It’s meant to snow tonight, yey).

Which is why I’m doing small and lovely things for myself to remind me that I’m Worth It and in more than just the Jennifer Aniston hair flicky way. I started with a new hair colour, booked in a new tattoo (for the 27th) and treated myself to a cinema pass so I can take myself on dates whenever the fuck I like.

I’ve also been watching a lot of TV and Film, which is great because I now have a purpose: this blog and All Out of Bubblegum (of course). Not that I ever need justification to watch a movie about two twin cannibal mermaid burlesque sisters*, you understand.

Anyway, I’ve just smashed two TV shows in a week that I really wanted to share with you because they are so good and watchable. Both are female driven, which is always a plus and without question my favourite kind of television. God knows we need more of the good stuff.

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Insecure (2016)

IMDB Synopsis:

Follows the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman.

I got into Insecure on James’ recommendation and god, I just loved every episode. Dipping into the life and times of Issa Dee (played by Issa Rae) and her best friend Molly Carter (Yvonne Orji), it’s really funny with some of the sharpest writing I’ve seen in a while (since Fleabag maybe).

It’s also incredibly relatable, raising such true points about dating, relationships and the pressures of getting things done by a certain age. It also looks at white privilege and racial insensitivity in such an honest and fresh way, has some brilliant side characters and is just generally amazing. I really hope to see more of Rae, she plays Issa so sympathetically, I just want all the best things for the character, even when she’s messing up spectacularly.

Whether she gets them remains to be seen but Season 2 has just been green lit so I can’t wait.

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Search Party (2016)

IMDB Synopsis:

Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.

Another thoroughly enjoyable televisual treat starring one of my favourite faces, Alia Shawkat. I mean, what a face, right? She’s so watchable and in one scene, when her character Dory is shouting at her boyfriend, Drew (John Reynolds) in the street, I couldn’t have related more.

Dory, as it turns out isn’t the most together person, with no real direction in life, that is until she learns about missing Chantal, an old (and vague) acquaintance from college. Suddenly it seems she has new purpose, which leads her on a dark and twisted adventure she may never recover from.

Dory’s boyfriend Drew and her self-absorbed best friends Elliott and Portia (the excellent John Early and Meredith Hagner) are amazing characters, tagging along for the ride as Dory gets more and more embroiled in the mystery surrounding Chantal’s disappearance. The comedy is so dark and subtle that at times you almost miss it. Shawkat is as great as always, again giving a very flawed and selfish character the heart she needs to keep you interested. I highly recommend.

So that’s some of what I’ve been watching. Check them out yourself, if you fancy. ❤

*Jill, god I hope you can locate this!