I probably never would have watched this movie if it weren't for my podcast partner Chris. I'm occasionally into artsy and introspective movies, but this one just didn't really appeal to me. It's not even that I don't like Brie Larsen, I like her fine. I enjoyed Captain Marvel and have seen a few of her other indie films and haven't been disappointed yet.
I just wasn't into this one.
We are following Kit as she is kicked out of art school for being what we are to perceive as "too glittery". I have to tell you, the chances that she got into art school with the type of art she was putting out seems pretty slim. I have only a cursory knowledge of what you'd have to present as a portfolio and her stuff isn't it. Anyway…what do I know, I'm just a random blogger.
So Kit fails out of art school and ends up back at her parent's home. Within 24 hours, they are already on her case about what she's going to do with her life. After some harassment, she finally decides to join a temp agency who place her with a public relations firm (but it's really an advertising firm?). While this is occurring, she also gets these invitations to come to the Unicorn Store where she meets the Salesman (Samuel L Jackson) who takes her through the process to become a Unicorn owner.
Kit starts having a purpose and meets a guy in the hardware store and convinces him to help her build a stable out of her old playhouse in the backyard.
Things go right, things go wrong, and at the end of this movie you're left with an ending you completely expected.
I didn't hate this movie. I got a little frustrated with the blending of the magical and the metaphorical and reality. Both Kit and her parents (played by Bradley Whitford and Joan Cusak, arguably the best characters in the movie) were all over the place in personalities. In one scene they are calm and understanding, the next they're going against character and berating and throwing barbs at each other.
Is Kit crazy? Did she just have an active imagination? I still don't know.
I feel like you have to be a super fan of one of these actors to seek this out…or be my podcast partner Chris. We're reviewing this one for the podcast soon, so it should be interesting to see what everyone else thinks.
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