Movie Review: A Fork in the Road : Currently playing on Netflix

We had this weird problem. Not being TV watchers, we don’t have cable, so we never upgraded our old TV to one of those new sleek, high def things. But, being gamers, we had interest in picking up a cheap, used PS3. It’s just…there was no way to hook it up to the archaic Magnavox that sat in our living room. Enter my Husband’s mother, who happens to be a big console gamer, herself. Upon hearing mention of this (first world) problem, she awesomely bought us a brand new 27″ HDTV, starting a chain of amazing events. We bought the PS3 and…because it’s already antiquated, we were able to get a ton of pretty cool games at about five bucks a pop. We also discovered the PS3 was equipped with wireless net, which in turn meant we could get Netflix on it. Which meant we could watch Movies in High Def downstairs…while snuggled on the couch in front of the fireplace. My husband started browsing Action Adventures while I sighed, more in the mood for chick Flick Romances.

Which leads us to ‘A Fork in the Road.’

This 2010 comedy had caught my eye before but I’d never gotten around to watching it, because I’m a horrible snob when it comes to comedies and it’s rare one actually makes me laugh, let alone amuses me. But it was something we could both agree upon, so all I could do was hope.

The movie starts out with an escaped convict, Will (Josh Cooke) who hides out in a barn at the home of April (Jaime King) and happens to catch her murdering a man. At first, of course, I was put off by this dopey happenstance, but as they start to interact, there begins a chain of arguments and problems that gets funnier by the minute. Something about their dialog reminded me a LOT of the old TV series ‘Moonlighting.’ It was the same delightfully smart sparring that existed between Bruce Willis and Cybil Shephard. A carefully timed, perfectly executed series of short, sharp quips that weave in and out of a silly story full of twists and turns.

Josh Cooke has a strange, angular face that worked oddly well for this movie. Even though he could barely fall under the ruggedly handsome category, he makes himself attractive through his personality and actions. A hard guy with a vulnerable side who comes off very believable.

Jamie King’s April was a cross between a blonde femme fatal and trailer trash, a fascinating combination when done right. She did a wonderful job of blending gorgeous and goofy, going just enough over the top to remind you this is a comedy, while never leaving the realm of convincing.

I don’t know if this movie was an indie, I’m assuming it was, but I think the casting and script were both well done, and we both chuckled through the minor scenes and laughed hard at the comedy moments, so for us, at least, it worked. Totally worth the first evening spent in front of the new TV. 🙂

Rare for me for a comedy…I actually give it five stars. 🙂