THE EVERYTHING POT (Tribeca 2024) – Review by Sherin Nicole

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Around 30 minutes into watching The Everything Pot, I asked myself: Is everyone in this movie whacked out, kooky beyond belief, 100% bananas? Why, yes. Yes, they are. That’s my review (just kidding). Before any concerns develop about my introduction, I’m not talking about mental illness. Instead, I’m marveling at this eye-popping pile-up of social blunders that will redden your checks in several shades of secondhand embarrassment.

The Everything Pot is a comedic exploration of the ways that matters of the heart cause “things” to fall apart. Those things being relationships. Two relationships to be more specific—a 23-year marriage and an engagement on the verge of a wedding. It’s tempting to place this movie in the “all about love” category, but The Everything Pot is truly about emptiness. How the unfulfilled spaces inside us can convert into obsessions if left ignored.

Written and directed by Sherise Dorf, the film introduces us to two couples at opposite ends of their relationships, Rachel and Adam (Lisa Edelstein, Erik Griffin), and Charlie and Clare (James Wolk, Delaney Rowe). Charlie and Clare are planning their wedding, but when Charlie suggests inviting his mentor—someone he hasn’t mentioned—Clare launches into a slow-burning freakout.

Clare is not alone. Rachel, the mentor in question, is way too excited about being invited. She immediately buys the young couple a gift (the titular everything pot) and writes on their website wall. Immediately regretting moving so quickly and what it might reveal about her, Rachel tries to mitigate her overexcitement and messes up more. That’s when you realize that neither woman is rational when it comes to Charlie. So much so, their minor social blunders become erratic behavior that becomes a chaotic cloud of jealousy.

Don’t worry, it’s not just the women. Madness is contagious in The Everything Pot universe and both men go similarly off the rails. Leading to a mass meltdown that leaves both couples in limbo; making the great Gina Torres shake her head.

While The Everything Pot did way too much for me—overkill that made me more dubious than giggly—I can still appreciate it. There’s something about its understanding of unfulfillment and the way it dissects that dissatisfaction. Finding the empty spaces within Rachel, Clare, Charlie, and Adam and filling them up, first with comedy and then poignancy. Love drives us all mad in subtle or overblown ways. Sherise Dorf gets this and how the little things can tear us apart, but hopefully mend us back stronger.

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Sherin Nicole

Sherin Nicole writes about film and produces content for geeks and nerds alike on Geek Girl Riot.