SXSW FILM 2014
By Don Simpson | March 17, 2014
Director: Dan Beers
Writers: Dan Beers, Mathew Harawitz
Starring: John Karna, Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts, Carlson Young, Alan Tudyk, Autumn Dial, Parisa Johnston, Steve Coulter, Zoe Myers, Katie Kneeland, Adam Riegler, Cara Mantella
Giving new meaning to the coming-of-age genre, writer-director Dan Beers’ Premature follows Rob (John Karna) as he attempts to navigate his way through one very pivotal day in his life. Facing an interview with an admissions representative (Alan Tudyk) from his parents’ (Katie Kneeland, Steve Coulter) alma matter, Georgetown, and an opportunity to finally lose his virginity, Rob must repeat this particular day until he gets on the right path to proceed with his life. Of course once Rob learns that the proverbial reset button to start the day anew is premature ejaculation, he begins to have more fun with his Groundhog Day scenario, milking his newfound life without repercussions for all its worth.
As can probably be expected, some iterations of Rob’s day are much more entertaining than others. There is a lot of potential to be found within Premature, but the funniest laugh out loud moments always seem to be countered by cringe-worthy crudeness, just as quick-witted dialogue is occasionally deflated by awkward timing. The same can be said of a lot of 1980s comedies to which Premature seems primed to become the next of kin.
At the risk of sounding prudish, the [im]morality of the story is also debatably questionable. Specifically, Beers seems to write himself into a corner for the ending, giving us the outcome that most will anticipate — until he decides to tease the possibility that Rob’s day will reset once again. In other words, Rob finds himself engaging in a sexual act, but this particular occurrence seems totally out of character and clumsily rushed. While most of the film is supposed to exist in a dreamlike fantasy world, the closing scene seems like it should play out much more realistically since this is supposed to be Rob’s return to reality.