Comedy Dinner in America

Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Dinner in America’

August 22, 2020Ben MK

When you think of romantic comedies, you might think of a certain type of movie — classics like When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail or more recent films like The Big Sick and Crazy Rich Asians. Dinner in America, however, is not that type of movie.

The story revolves around Patty (Emily Skeggs) and Simon (Kyle Gallner), two people who, at the outset, would appear to have absolutely nothing in common. A social misfit and junior college dropout, 20-year-old Patty is constantly being bullied, lives at home with her parents (Pat Healy and Mary Lynn Rajskub) and adopted brother (Griffin Gluck), and works at a pet store. Meanwhile, Simon is a part-time drug dealer and petty criminal who also moonlights as the mysterious John Q. Public, the anonymous, masked lead singer of an underground punk band. When Patty and Simon's paths cross one day, however, they soon discover just how alike they actually are.

Written and directed by Adam Rehmeier, the result is as punk rock and anarchic as the genre gets. A darkly humorous look at relationships with a dose of kick-ass music to boot, Dinner in America is a must-see for anyone who hates rom-coms but loves films that subvert audience expectations.

Dinner in America makes its Quebec premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 46 min.

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