Watch at Home: ‘Greener Grass’ & more from female filmmakers

Beck Bennett and Jocelyn DeBoer in Greener Grass. Courtesy of IFC Films.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 10/18/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish – Michelle Johnston (director/writer)
  • Greener Grass: Dawn Luebbe and Jocelyn Deboer (directors/writers)
  • Miss Virginia – Erin O’Connor (writer)

DANIELLE’S TOP PICK OF THE WEEK

This week’s selection is Greener Grass.

Greener Grass takes us to a type of suburbs that we’ve never really seen presented on screen before but the laughs keep coming non-stop.

Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe do it all in this film as the duo is a triple threat by acting, writing, and directing.  The two of them bring different personalities to a film that is very heavy on casting improvisers.  It is not only that the performances are so amazing but the writing takes the comedy to one level.  Early in the film, Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) decides to give her baby to Lisa without asking her husband, Nick (Beck Bennett).  When she does finally ask him, Beck Bennett plays the character as the straight guy.  Regardless of which, I was roaring with laughter.

If there’s a single thing that I didn’t like, it’s the fact that there’s not enough of The Good Place‘s secret weapon, D’Arcy Carden.  Don’t get me wrong because she portrays Miss Human as only she can.  You’ll likely get some nostalgia for the Oregon Trail computer game given her teaching curriculum about life on the prairie.

Comedies either work or they don’t.  This is one that definitely works even if it is in the single most absurd way possible!  When I see a film with a cast like this, it immediately piques my interest.  Even during some of the film’s most absurd parts, I found myself completely captivated by what was happening.  I don’t even know what films that it can be compared with.  What I can definitely say is that Greener Grass will be filling audiences with laughter while playing the midnight circuit for years to come.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (10/18/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from Greener Grass EPK
Photo Credits: IFC Films

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture. Film Critic, Solzy at the Movies Member, Broadcast Film Critics Association Member, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics Member, Alliance of Women Film Journalists Member, Online Association of Female Film Critics Member, Online Film Critics Society Member, Online Film & Television Association Tomatometer Critic
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