Coincidentally the only thing from making the new direct to streaming movie A NICE GIRL LIKE YOU (rent-a-able or available on Hulu for free) absolutely fucking abysmal is star Lucy Hale herself. She is just so adorable in this. She looks like she wants to be there and her acting proves it. Her wholesomeness with her character combined with the fact that I’ve actually met her in real life and that she was just as sweet and wholesome as she is on her social media made this film barely, barely watchable for me. But fuck no, I’m not giving it a recommendation. Hell no. Hell fucking no. The movie is awful. There are only a couple of chuckles, no laughs, the dialogue is clunky, it’s seems like a bunch of dragged out unfunny SNL skits stringed together by a protagonist looking to not be so boring sexually. Speaking of which, IMDB describes the movie with the following: “After being accused of being too inhibited by her ex-boyfriend, a violinist creates a rather wild to-do list that sends her on a whirlwind journey of self-discovery.” The only people that I would recommend that watch this film would be die hard Lucy Hale fans and/or her film completists. That’s it. Thankfully the movie is short, at an hour and thirty four minutes, but just like any SNL stretched out too far sketch, it felt more like a two hour movie. And the most frustrating part of watching this film was the potential it had to be something really funny and endearing. A film about a woman discovering her sexual potential hasn’t really been done that well or has been a primary focus in a movie. Here it is the primary focus, but still done painfully botched.
It is as if the screenplay writers and directors don’t know what they are doing and what they are talking about. Yes, sexual wise. Some of the scenes were head scratching and cringe worthy, because I couldn’t see anyone doing or saying some of the stuff her or characters around her do and say. I am not familiar with any of their work so I won’t bother putting down their names on paper, but needless to say, the person that wrote the movie was a woman, producers just had the wrong woman write the movie, because it wasn’t funny. And the directors (yes, that’s right, two) are both male, when it should’ve been one woman director. You just can’t have guys directing women stories of women’s sexual liberation and discovery anymore. It no longer feels authentic and if your target audience nowadays finds out about such transgressions before hitting the play button, they won’t even give this movie a fair shot. Which again, this movie shouldn’t be given a shot, because it’s awful. Lucy Hale is so small yet she carries the movie on her shoulders. The problem is that stuff keeps getting knocked off her load by the script and direction of the film. I guarantee you most of the money was spent on getting Hale to say yes to the project. I think in the future Ms. Hale needs to find a script that will challenge her acting abilities. I think she shows potential, but she is going to keep getting typecast in shit like this if she just accepts it. Ms. Hale, the days of Pretty Little Liars and your other failed first season television shows are over, you need to find something to test you. The good news? You are only 31 and you still look like you are 18 years old, you’ve got plenty of time. I will always cherish our conversation at Dallas Comic Con several years ago and I still have my Scream 4 poster that you autographed next to Wes Craven. A nice girl like you shouldn’t be acting in bullshit like this, plain and simple.