Tribeca Film Festival 2012 Movie Review: SUPPORTING CHARACTERS
When the laidback producers took the stage to introduce Supporting Characters at the Tribeca Film Festival, the tone was immediately set for what was to come. The film followed the lives of two best friends Nick and Darryl (Alex Karpovsky and Tarik Lowe) who work together editing a film that seems to be nothing short of a lost cause. Through their journey together, they form new friendships while still trying (and often failing) to juggle the old ones in a light-hearted (b)romantic comedy. Simply put, the film takes an innocent position on representing relationships and the typical desire to develop those closest to the heart.
The two main characters could not be more opposing figures, as Nick represents all things rational, while Darryl seems to act completely on what he is thinking and feeling in the present moment. The audience cannot help but identify with both of these characters, wanting them both to succeed in all aspects of their lives. Throughout the film, all obstacles are overcome when the pair tackles it together, proving to both themselves and the audience that they need one another to balance each other out. Both men eventually sabotage their own love interests and end up supporting one another through their heartaches. As depressed as the adorable duo may have been by the end of the film, the audience was still left with a warm feeling knowing they would be just fine because they had each other.
Quite possibly the best part about the film was how believable it was. The characters’ chemistry was so realistic, bouncing off of each other with constant comedic banter that seemed utterly natural for the two of them (probably not a coincidence considering that Tarik Lowe was one of the screenwriters). It was a film about regular people leading regular lives, which could be taken both positively and negatively. Because it was so average, it wasn’t exactly memorable. But on the other hand, it presented the average person, something that isn’t exactly common in most films.
The natural flow of this film also had something to do with the low budget. The production crew had very little to work with financially (as they admitted in their introduction of the film) and it may have even helped the film. The audience was completely focused on the budding bromance, since there were no bells and whistles that come with high budget productions. Maybe multimillion-dollar budgets are over rated…or maybe this was just a lucky fit.
After taking a unique approach to the ever-present romantic comedy, Supporting Characters really was a little gem. Although it wasn’t something worth absolutely raving about, it is very enjoyable and leaves it’s audience with a kind of warm, fuzzy feeling no one would complain about.