An electric turn from Mary Elizabeth Winstead pulses through this striking feature debut from short filmmaker Eva Vives, which effectively shines a light on issues of honesty, identity and equality through the story of a stand-up comedian transplanted from cacophonous New York to the more introspective LA. While the character’s resulting journey of self-discovery may follow familiar lines, it is bracing nevertheless.
Winstead plays the titular Nina, a stand-up comedian scratching a living in NYC. On stage, she is brilliant; blazingly feminist, graphic and forthright about everything from periods to sex and her routine has brought her to the attention of celebrated Saturday Night Live-esque LA TV institution ‘Comedy Prime’.
Winstead is so strong here that her co-stars can’t help but pale slightly in comparison. Continue reading.