CORA BORA – Review by T. j. Callahan

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Cora Bora: “Love is a joke and it will break your heart.”

Hacks breakout player Megan Stalter (Kayla) jumps from a supporting role on television to big screen stardom as the titular character in the LGBTQ+ comedy/drama, Cora Bora.

Cora is a struggling singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles who’s trying to stop herself from unraveling. She walks around with an air of self confidence, but she is actually covering up her inner pain. She’s told she has one foot out the door of her own life. Like a Millennial Dorothy Gale, Cora realizes she needs to go back home to Portland to reconnect with her girlfriend, but comes to the awareness she has much more to salvage than her relationship.

Cora Bora boasts a large female cast and crew with Hannah Pearl Utt directing from a script by Rhiannon Jones. Co-stars include Jonica T. Gibbs, Manny Jacinto and Ayden Mayeri with cameos from Margaret Cho and SNL alum Darrell Hammond. But it’s Stalter who we want to see and she’s in every scene in the movie…playing a bit toned down, but still the comically arrogant and borderline obnoxious character we love in Hacks.

Bumbling and embarrassing in the first hour, the comedian Megan, as Cora, explores her bisexuality amid a fear no one will ever understand her. The last hour we see Stalter’s range as an actress as her character breaks down her walls and finds her way back to herself.

Cora Bora is about recovery, strength and being true to yourself. It’s not laugh out loud funny and there’s not really any action. That’s probably why my husband fell asleep less than half way through. On the other hand, I appreciated the mostly believable slice of life story.

This is Megan Stalter’s moment. She needs to capitalize on it. Cora Bora won’t soar her directly to the top, but she’s knocking on the door. Cora Bora gets gets one 👁 open from Ricky and a 6 out of 10 on the TeejFlixometer. It’s in theaters now and On Demand July 12th.

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T. J. Callahan

Texas Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the Marconi Award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT in Houston to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for Houston Radio Platinum and 101 Gold , Southern New Mexico's favorite radio station. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and The Sam Malone Show on KNTH in Houston. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her Friday and Saturdays on houstonradioplatinum.com and on Friday afternoons on the Leslie T. Travis Show on KVLC FM in Las Cruces. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association and the Houston Film Critics Society. She truly believes everything in life is one degree of Blazing Saddles.