“I want to be sex-in-the-bathroom people,” could be the working thesis of Slow Learners, the comedy from Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce. Platonic friends Anne (Sarah Burns) and Jeff (Adam Pally) aren’t successful in their personal lives. After many failed attempts at relationships, they decide to wholly change their image.
Sound conventional? Don’t worry, it is.
The comedic talent in this film is stacked. And, to be fair, a lot of the comedy lands well. Pally and Burns are both funny, but their characters, particularly Pally’s, is more conducive to the one-dimensionality of a sketch than a feature-length flick. When doubled with the overdone nature of the premise–two eternally single friends suddenly strike gold romantically, but slowly realize that they were meant to be together the whole time–Slow Learners feels like a tired rehash.
Slow Learners is funny. Don’t get me wrong. Burns and Pally carry the film well, delivering plenty of laughs throughout that make the movie enjoyable overall. Small rolls from Bobby Moynihan and Gil Ozeri are also refreshingly hilarious. What keeps the film from being something truly worthwhile is its retreading of cliche rom-com tropes.
Slow Learners is currently available on Amazon Instant Video here.
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–Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)