Director: Lisa Mikitarian
Produced by: Sam Mikitarian
Screenplay: Lisa Mikitarian
Studio: Indie Rights
Mortality is a strange thing for people, the power of it can send someone down near infinite paths, in the case of the Schumacher family it’s a little bit of fantasy and exotic wonder as they face one of their family with brain cancer in the final stages. What they weren’t prepared for as they packed their bags and said farewell to the lives they once knew is a sudden twist by Herbert of his terminal diagnosis.
Lonnie is Herbert’s son, a theater worker basically with low ambition, awkward social cues and high hopes for a car saleswoman and the vehicle she’s slinging his way. Evelyn is Herbert’s beloved wife, dabbling in so many luxuries once denied in her life with Herbert behind the wheel with fantasy for beaches and pampering. The duo arrives on screen with their lives ahead mapped out until it all takes a massive detour, the shift causes turmoil for them and their established significant others who find these changes unacceptable to the pampered lives they were anticipating. Bad taste in partners seems to be a running theme between Lonnie and Evelyn, they easily fall into the pressures of their partners and really get the storyline running.
The whiff of half a million dollars in savings upon Herbert’s death drives all four characters in the story into dark and dastardly deeds to get their payout. The future once so certain unfolds in new ways with twists that force Herbert’s family to face the darkness they’ve fallen into. While they want this future they’ve painted so brightly, is murder really an option? The struggle consumes and twists and turns them to really face what it is they’re actually doing and acting on.
Overall the story and delivery are interesting with their own twists and angles, Nick Nerangis plays the unassuming Herbert who takes this second chance with new optimism and light. A light that draws a fair amount of empathy from the audience as his wife and son work their angles in the background, each with such selfish desire. Connie Lamothe and Darren Barzegar both play their family roles with distress, fed up with the status quo and completely unaccepting of the new hand life has dealt out to Herbert. The cast has a very unassuming air to their characters, devious but honest in their inexperience to something like affairs and seducing potential inheritance boyfriends to run away.
Overall the pace of the story could pick up speed but it’s not something that kills the experience, it’s a story of miracles and greed and murder mixed with a dose of love and sometimes that’s messy, actually… it’s probably always messy, that just seems like something that probably would never go well. There’s certainly plenty of twists, guilt, and frustration throughout Spent that make the story such an interesting and entertaining dark tale. For those looking to take a stroll for something different, Spent delivers with dark comedy and constant surprises from life itself to the Schumacher family and their significant others.
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Platform: VOD and Theatrical (Trailer)
Anna Grace Padgett