THE PRANK (SXSW 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

A sweet little gumdrop of a film with a deliberately bitter aftertaste, The Prank is the charming black comedy revenge fantasy we need right now. While the plot may be too OTT for some, it is surely these very excesses that make the film the wild ride that it is as it puts the casual cruelty of youth in its crosshairs. The Prank is far from didactic, however, and director Maureen Bharoocha does an impressive job creating an immersive world where the slights of adolescence sting oh-so sharply, and the fleeting yet all-encompassing irrationality of the moment seems to somehow make sense.

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THE PRANK (SXSW 2022) – Review by Joan Amenn

The Prank purrs like a twisted kitten when Rita Moreno and David Keith face off against each other. As high school physics teacher Mrs. Wheeler and principal Henderson respectively, there mutual loathing bubbling under a veneer of professional courtesy is just priceless. There are some great moments of satirical commentary about the fleeting attention spans induced by social media but the plot is fairly predictable.

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