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I'M TOTALLY FINE (2022)

MPAA: NR
Release Date: 11/04/22
[VOD]
Genre: Comedy/Drama/SciFi

Studio: Decal Releasing

"A woman in mourning who takes a solo trip to clear her head after the death of her friend. However, Vanessa's self-care vacation plans change when she's met with a situation out of this world."

OUR MOVIE REVIEW:

I love watching movies – just about any kind.

 

Sometimes, I love a huge blockbuster with big-name action heroes, computer-generated special effects and a huge production budget. 

 

Other times, I’m in the mood for a smaller budget film with a focus on acting and simple storytelling, without all the bells and whistles.

 

I’m Totally Fine definitely fits into the latter category. Starring two fresh faces, Jillian Bell and Natalie Morales, this film reportedly came together over 10 days during Covid, according to an article in Deadline magazine.

 

Described as having a “micro-budget,” I’m Totally Fine nonetheless does a great job telling its story and having the emotional impact of a film multiple times its size and scope.

 

When we first meet Vanessa, played by Jillian Bell, she is clearly a woman in the throes of grief. Gradually, we piece together that her best friend and business partner has just died, leaving her reeling despite the support of an enthusiastic partner and the prospect of a weekend away to process her feelings.

 

That’s when things get weird. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say that although the story plays out relatively simply, it has a subtle sophistication and moments of both humor and tenderness.

 

I’m Totally Fine is a lovely study on grief, friendship and working through emotions – with an assist from lots of cake, a DJ and possibly some mind-altering drugs.

 

If you lost your best friend, what would you give to see, hug and party with her one last time – even if your ultimate goodbye would still be painful and sad? I can think of many people who would give just about anything for exactly that. 

 

Watching the lead character go from the lie of “I’m totally fine” to the truth of “I’m sad, but I’m okay” is a cathartic experience and a good roadmap for anyone who has experienced grief.

 

I would definitely watch this movie again with my best friend.

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