The Drop Review

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The Drop begins with a bang, literally. It provides us with a delightful background of a young married couple Lex (Anna Konkle) and Mani (Jermaine Fowler), newcomers to Los Angeles who are excitedly attempting to conceive a child. Nonetheless, this whole relationship is tried by the weddings in Mexico with friends from college leaving them in a living hell due to an accident. A smart and funny setup that initiates the main conflict is undermined by a supporting cast of jerks and weirdos whose presence does nothing for the plot but detracts from it resulting in an irregular and disjointed look at love and potential motherhood.

At the start of things, we learn that Lex and Mani are already owners of Carbs located in Los Angeles; this bakery’s name is very ironic. The guy misses his family back home in Brooklyn though he is supportive towards his wife’s dreams as she also shows being supportive about his plans of fatherhood. But then they land in Mexico where Lex drops her friend’s baby girl into the lobby as soon as she gets off their bus after arriving at their hotel room. I gasped Reader, and it is an excellent starting point for Lex, Mani, and every other member of the wedding party on earth to question everything and judge each other non-stop.

In fact, the first 20 minutes are by far the best part of this film under Sarah Adina Smith’s direction and co-writing duties. “There’s a great introduction of…” The plane section where all these guests sit next to each other makes you begin rooting for our lead characters so much while at least some oddities concerning those people will drive both of them mad before they drop down onto the ground like hammer blows landing incredibly painfully yet darkly comedically too.” Unfortunately, everything that comes after doesn’t achieve that level going forward.

Peggy (Jennifer Lafleur) has two kids herself one day and Mia (Aparna Nancherla) appears to be one of those really intense needy types that could be an interesting “bad” mother, and the other one is a poor and working-class neighborhood for Lex and Mani’s baby to see. But these two women, Peggy and Mia are not allowed to act as such devices in the script. For instance, while Mia is telling Lex that she wants her to write their vows for their wedding ceremony her former girlfriend, she has moved on from this relationship.” Now who would do something like that?

Even the rest of the guests don’t help matters much as far as they go; this includes Shauna (Robin Thede), Gabe (Utkarsh Ambudkar) her husband – producer of some narcissistic Hollywood TV couple with their unattended adopted teenager Levi (Elisha Henig). No help at all. Then there are Lyndsey and Josh who own a “natural hotel” where the friends have decided to have the wedding. In addition, they keep getting crazier throughout the film by sharing everything about their sex lives, circumstances that negatively affect them forever, and strange philosophies with poor unsuspecting Mani. They are bad news in terms of what Lex does or how she responds afterward because everything he thinks about himself falls apart when he sees her decisions towards his way or theirs (parenting) actually happen.” The Drop is a horror movie for Mani while it’s simply a hard comedy of manners revolving around badly behaved people stuck together at an upstate hotel that culminates in a wedding eve party break-down into complete surrealism.”

One problem with The Drop is that it is a really good movie that could have been great if the accident had been handled with dark humor and focused more on how it affects Lex and Mani. Instead, we get so much other stuff, which is not as interesting but takes up a lot of space in its script. This almost reads like the chapters of a book set on beaches, boats, and in drum circles. So while the rest of them are degenerating into insanity, there’s no way one can call Lex likable (baby choices aside) and this starts to shift the audience toward Mannie. Unfortunately, all this ends suddenly without much thought put into it. That’s such a pity as Konkle and Fowler work well together here and if their self-destruction were treated a bit less cartoonish while ensuring supporting players were reined in just enough, this would have been even better. Nor should it be inferred that the rest of the ensemble does not have funny scenes or deliver some wicked lines from time to time. Nevertheless, generally, they are too much all over; caricatures rather than people. A better hook for the film would have been obtained if only they were restrained by 40%.


The Drop could have fleshed out its premise which was never fully captured despite having an admirable concept. While Konkle and Fowler do an excellent job as a couple facing various challenges in their relationship, they become mere punchlines for easy laughs during awkward situations where friends go wrong. The caliber of comedians involved makes for plenty of funny moments throughout so that at least one has enough to laugh at but ultimately lands more as wasted potential given how it concludes

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