Festivals & Awards, Reviews, Theatrical Reviews, TVIFF 2011 — September 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm



Every year, there’s one film at the fest that blows me away. This year it was The Pill! The idea for this one was why I chose to see this film and it’s pretty funny all by itself. Here’s the fest’s breakdown on that:

THE PILL – USA, 2011, 83 min
Worried that he has gotten the free-spirited Mindy pregnant after an unprotected one-night stand, Fred feigns romantic interest and sticks by her side for twelve hours to make sure she takes both doses of the morning-after pill.

The premise is simple and actually lends itself to plenty of comedy. My only worry was that it wouldn’t live up to it’s potential… but it totally did! As someone who actually wants to be a screenwriter, I found myself getting very jealous while watching the film because the script must have been amazing. It was bare-bones, by that I mean not a single moment was unneeded or overdone. Every scene was entertaining, to the point and moved the story along. The production value was great and I could easily see this film doing well in theaters.

My only question when watching this film was why is it not in theaters? Why is this not a 30 million dollar romantic comedy starring Paul Rudd and Reese Witherspoon? The next Crazy, Stupid Love that Entertainment Weekly is raving about and putting in their “Must List”. All that I can think is that maybe it’s due to the fact that it revolves around the Morning After pill and that could cause problems in certain demographics. Hardly the most contraversial thing ever captured on film but I could see some suit shooting it down for that silly reason.

The cast is great, not that you’d know them. Most people probably know the third lead, Anna Chlumsky (best known for starring in the film My Girl as a child). She helps to thicken the plot as she plays Fred’s girlfriend who was away on the night of his indiscretion. The leads, played by Noah Bean and Rachel Boston (who both have pretty decent acting resumes under their belt as well), do great jobs playing a couple dealing with the after effects of an unprotected one night stand. Noah Bean gets a little extra credit, since I am a guy, for playing that part so well. We can all imagine what it’s like to be in those shoes… or have been.

Ultimately, the film was cute, funny, well made and damn entertaining. I almost wish I had paid for a ticket… almost. I normally urge people to see films I like at the fest. I’m not going to do that here. I’m going to tell you to stop what you’re doing, go find this film and watch it!


And if you don’t take my word for it, the film has a 9.2 rating on IMDB and a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Limited votes but don’t let that sway you. I think they’re spot on!

You can visit the filmmaker’s website by clicking here!!!


  • Well, I’m sold. Sounds like an interesting, entertaining premise. Now I just need to find out how to see it. Nice write up, mate.

    • Thanks, Andy. It’s screening in some fests coming up. You can check the filmmaker’s website in the link at the bottom of the post or they also have a Facebook page that he appears to update frequently!

  • um, to clarify…this was my choice…
    so clever, really entertaining…and very true to life…i found i could relate to the female lead’s “nutty girlness”…
    the only thing i hate is, “let’s make the girlfriend a b*tch so cheating on her is okay”…i hate that!

  • I’ll definitively try seeking this one out eventhough I agree with Editor in Chief/Tviff Press, thats a lame choice of characterization of the girlfriend.

  • Will definitely be checking this one out now. Thanks.

    If I like this, I might have to start paying attention to the oddball comedies that Chlumsky signs onto, because In the Loop a couple years ago was hilarious, quite possibly the best political satire I’ve seen.

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