When a dippy white blonde named Jenn Gotzon Lindsay decides to take a job at an African-American marketing firm, she finds herself in the midst of a major culture shock. So the head of the firm assigns his best marketer, Neque, to help Lindsay integrate into the new culture that she is completely foreign to. Little do neither of them know that they are both in for a new look at life, not only their own lives, but also the lives of others.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
For the most part, Love Different sports professional production quality. Camera work, video quality, and audio quality are all on par with what they should be. The soundtrack is a little quirky, but it seems to work. Sets and locations are adequate for this story. There is really little to complain about here, except for some choppy editing as this film tends to jump from one supposedly funny sequence to another. But otherwise, this is what productions should look like, even if the story is greatly lacking.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
What. Is. Happening. From one forced comedy scene to the next and from one quirky racial joke to another, there is no sense here and little method to this madness. A lot of the time, it seems like these cast members were set free to ad-lib with no real direction except to act as juvenile and silly as possible and to make as many racial jokes as they can get away with. This story feels like it has the zany influence of David A. R. White, Kevin Downes, and Tommy Blaze, but it does not. As previously mentioned, this story is really just a loose collection of skits about racial differences with a few ‘meaningful’ scenes sprinkled in. It’s hard to follow the arc of these characters as one is constantly distracted by the outrageous behaviors of Jenn Gotzon that simply have to be seen for yourself. A lot of the dialogue constantly refers back to racial differences without truly building these characters beyond their skin color. Yet believe it or not, there is a powerful message hidden somewhere in the midst of the zaniness, if you stick around long enough to find it. But in the end, any movie that includes Jenn Gotzon trying to act like she’s African-American cannot be taken seriously. It’s funny for all the wrong reasons and is simply too much to be true comedy.
Acting Quality (1 point)
Sometimes it seems like this cast has potential. But then it doesn’t. Jenn Gotzon is always a self-parody, but she seems more adequately cast than usual in this film. Other cast members seem like they have potential and even have good moments, but they short themselves by acting like fools in attempts to be comedic. They really seem like they are better than this, which makes this performance overall disappointing.
In the opening credits, God is blamed as an executive producer of this train wreck. Can I just say, please don’t blame God for your disasters. There is certainly a place for comedy centered around cultural differences and how we tend to isolate ourselves from different people, but whatever good Love Different was trying to accomplish unfortunately falls flat. There are simply too many outrageous sequences and purposely over-the-top comedy elements for this movie to fully accomplish its goal. There are so many memorable moments in this movie that are memorable for the wrong reasons. From a class dedicated to teaching white people about African-Americans to Bon Quisha and Jenn Gotzon’s thug life, Love Different is one for the history books, but we’re not sure if its original intent will be remembered in the midst of the outrageousness.
Final Rating: 4 out of 10 points