MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 28, 2023: SUSIE SEARCHES

Part Only Murders in the Building, part Nancy Drew, and part Wednesday, Susie Searches is a charming, appealingly quirky little mystery with some genuinely surprising twists. Stylish and well-acted, this story about an earnest, ambitious armchair detective (played by Kiersey Clemons) marks the feature directorial debut of Sophie Kargman, who co-wrote the screenplay with William Day Frank based on their 2020 short, also titled Susie Searches, in which Kargman originated the title role.

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SUSIE SEARCHES – Review by Sherin Nicole

Everyone—no matter how nefarious or nice—is the hero of their story. This gives antagonists and anti-heroes their pull. It also draws us into Susie Searches. But there’s something else. Those of us who stand behind the curtain of influencer-based entertainment are often like The Wizard, wearing a grand mask to hide fragilities or darker things.

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SUSIE SEARCHES – Review by Jennifer Merin

Susie (Kiersey Clemons) has a secret crush on Jesse (Alex Wolff), the most popular boy on campus — he’s an internet influencer for the commonsense spirituality he delivers with gurulike self-assurance. When Jesse disappears, Susie embarks on a mission to find him. She’s smarter and more persistent than local authorities, and discovers critical information that leads to solving a case of kidnapping. And as a result of her sleuthing, she not only gets to hang out with her main crush, but she gets wide attention and validation from her peers and the media.

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ASKING FOR IT – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Asking for It fearlessly takes on the patriarchy, addresses timely issues like racism, homophobia and rape culture and provides a showcase for several LGBTQ+ actors and performers of color. Director Eamon O’Rourke has taken copious cues from Tony Scott’s 2004 cult favorite “Man on Fire,” favoring a flashy visual style that includes frenetic cuts, slashing on-screen text and frequent freeze frames.  

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ASKING FOR IT – Review by April Neale

The satisfaction of seeing evil men get their comeuppance is the heartbeat of the edgy revenge film, Asking For It, where a cross-section of women from every background bond to fight the man. Meet the vigilante Cherry Bombers, finding each other and connecting through shared past trauma. Together they vow to eradicate perceived enemies in a road trip revenge thriller with some extraordinarily tragic moments.

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