directors: Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion (cooties, bushwick)
starring: lulu wilson, kevin james, joel mchale and amanda brugel
REVIEWER: nick tonkin
A teenager's weekend at a lake house with her father takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts wreaks havoc on their lives.
Becky was directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion and stars Lulu Wilson as Becky, Joel McHale as her father Jeff and Kevin James in a scenery chewing turn as Dominick, a recently escaped prisoner who heads a crew of neo-nazis on a murderous quest to find something hidden in Jeff and Becky’s cabin by the lake.
Becky is a sullen teenager, still reeling from the death of her mother after a protracted battle with cancer and now having to deal with the notion of becoming part of a new family with her father’s new girlfriend, Kayla and her young son. To help ease into this new normal, Becky’s father suggests some time away for them all at their cabin by the lake. Here, she retreats into comforts of time gone by, spending all her time in her clubhouse with her dog and things that belonged to her mother. After some time, a neighbour called Dominick comes to the lake house asking if the family has seen his dog. He makes unsettling comments about race and ethnic purity over a cup of tea, and pulls a gun on Kayla. There is something on the property that he is looking for, where might it be?
The first section of the film explores the relationship between Jeff and Becky, where Jeff is trying to provide and care for his daughter but struggling with exasperation and a desire to move on from their loss. Becky however is still traumatized and views any attempt to change things or to move on as an affront to her mother’s memory. This situation is exacerbated by Jeff and Kayla’s engagement, and how they shared this news with Becky - at the Lake House where she feels closest to her mum.
The following acts of the movie increase exponentially in violence and craziness, with any gains made from a relatively subtle and careful exploration of the frayed father-daughter relationship in the wake of tragedy, dropped in favor of the surreal and absurd.
Becky has a heart at its center, but rather than being Becky’s relationship with her parents, it seems to be how long it can get its audience to suspend their disbelief. How well this movie goes down depends what you’re in the mood for, for sure. If that is crazy mixed with gore with a sprinkling of relatability then you’re in for a good time.
A movie which increases exponentially in violence and craziness as it progresses, Becky is an entertaining ride for those after some crazy mixed with gore.