LA Film Fest 2013
By Don Simpson | June 20, 2013
Directors: Molly Green, James Leffler
Writers: Molly Green, James Leffler, Noël Wells (additional screenplay material), Matt Mider (additional screenplay material), Amanda Bauer (additional screenplay material)
Starring: Noël Wells, Matt Mider, Amanda Bauer, Timmy L’Heureux, Chuck McCarthy, Dominic DeVore
Sophia (Noël Wells) is the type of girl who drunkenly brings random guys home to her apartment with the naive hope that it will be the beginning of a beautiful long-term relationship. Her neighbor Pete (Matt Mider) is socially awkward computer support technician who works from home, therefore he rarely leaves his apartment, hence he is hopelessly single. Sophia and Pete are friendly neighbors who spontaneously find themselves engaged to be married. (Nope, she isn’t even preggers!) They go on a road trip across the Southwest to pick up Pete’s sister (Amanda Bauer) from college. Mayhem ensues, as the trip puts their [non]relationship to the test…
Forev is a somewhat typical, yet smartly written, rom-com that quickly evolves into a quirky road movie which contemplates the meaning and significance of marriage in our modern world and whether or not dating (or sex, for that matter) should be a required precursor. Not all that long ago, Sophia and Pete’s rapid-fire engagement would not be all that surprising. Nowadays, they seem a bit nuts; yet within the cinematic universe of Forev, Sophia and Pete are given ample motivation to justify their sense of desperation.
At Sophia and Pete’s age, everything seems like an eternity. They are stuck in a purgatory between college graduation and settling down into family life, and they are both growing increasingly impatient with the pace of their lives. They have been waiting forever (in the figurative sense) to take the next step in life — in this case, marriage — yet it never comes. Of course, if and when they do get married, that means being with their significant other forever, if they take their vows seriously. That is a lot of forever for two young twentysomethings to be considering.