Obviously with the name It’s a Disaster, this is the ideal movie to start off It’s a Disaster week. It’s a Disaster is currently available on instant Netflix.
One Line Review: Not a disaster, entertaining but not greatly so.
It’s a Disaster (2012) – Rated R
“After gathering for Sunday brunch at one of their homes, four couples realize they are stranded together as the world may be coming to an end during an apocalyptic crisis. Nevertheless, they continue to deal with their various relationship issues.”
What would happen if four couples were having brunch when the apocalypse began? Honestly it could look a lot like this. Writer/director Todd Berger has an excellent grasp of inter-couple dynamics.The couples are all well-realized and dysfunctional in various ways.
Tracy (Julia Stiles) brings her new boyfriend Glen (David Cross) to her regular Sunday couples brunch. The hosts are on the verge of breaking up but don’t want to tell their guests. Another couple is perpetually looking to spice up their sex life. The third couple just can’t commit. The brunch is actually for five couples but one of the couples is perpetually late (you know someone like that, don’t you?). Their arrival is perhaps the funniest moment in the movie.
The unthinkable occurs (offscreen) early in the movie. Part of the joke is that our characters are so self-absorbed that they don’t realize until fairly late in the film and even then they are in quite a bit of denial.
It’s a Disaster is extremely low key. There are very few hilarious moments, just amusing situations as things spiral out of control. The actual disaster is never shown, just gleaned from scraps of information.
Unfortunately this is also It’s a Disaster’s weakness – it’s not laugh out loud funny and not exciting. The entire film takes place at the one house. It’s a Disaster is not a disaster but it is just mildly amusing.
People Watch: Writer/director Todd Berger appears briefly as irate next door neighbor Hazmat Hal.