SXSW 2018: “The Unicorn” Review

SXSW 2018: “The Unicorn” Review

Malory (Lauren Lapkus) and Caleb (Nicholas Rutherford) are a young couple who have been engaged for four years. They travel to her parent’s house in Palm Springs to celebrate the renewal of their vows. The entire trip stirs up emotions and issues between the two as they discover the secret to her parents’ happiness: having threesomes. Determined not to be labeled as the boring couple and to bring some excitement back into their lives, they set out on a mission to find their third partner, their unicorn. This search brings them to a few different places with some strange situations and some great comedy.

They first come across Jesse (Lucy Hale), a young girl who seems wild and free-spirited enough to be open to the idea. They head back to her place where they are exposed to her spirit and freedom as she is virtually naked in front of them and feeling their energies by touching their bodies and talking about sex. The situation doesn’t entirely end as they had expected and made them even more determined to find their unicorn. The rest of the characters they meet including a male stripper and a massage therapist, are hilariously awkward and funny, making their journey one of self-discovery.

In a film like The Unicorn, there aren’t special effects or digital altering to hide behind. The whole film relies on the story being told and the actors on screen. Luckily, this film had Lauren Lapkus and Nicholas Rutherford to lead the way. Their spectacular chemistry together makes the film that much more enjoyable. The comedy relies heavily on awkwardness and strange situations which works because of the two leads who fit perfectly into their roles.

The Unicorn is a film about appreciating the love that you have and taking chances to be happy. Lauren Lapkus is hysterically funny, and Nicholas Rutherford has some of the funniest facial responses to some awkward moments that only added to the humor of the story.  The Unicorn is a quirky off the wall comedy that will make you laugh, cringe, and maybe even cry while making you reflect on your relationship with your significant other.

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Ashley Menzel is an avid film lover and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves foreign films and dramas and reading books that have film adaptations. Her favorite movie of all time is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. She loves Doctor Who, Supernatural, iZombie, and Grimm.

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