Austin Film Festival 2014
By Don Simpson | October 27, 2014
Director: Mo Perkins
Writer: Hal Haberman
Starring: Kyle Bornheimer, Eliza Coupe, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Demetri Martin, Charlyne Yi, Jimmi Simpson, Todd Berger, Robert Baker, Sam Buchanan, Rachel Hardisty, Lawrence Mandley, Abigail Bankston, Thomas Barbusca, Zoe Pessin
Alison’s (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) mundane existence consists of tiptoeing around her grumpy deadline-driven husband and caring for her daughter, but that is all turned upside-down by the unexpected appearance of her troubled sister, Ida (Eliza Coupe), who has just left her unfaithful husband. In desperate need of an escape from the lives that they have been dealt, the two sisters decide to go out to a bar.
Alison just so happens to pick the most un-fun wine bar in all of Los Angeles, an establishment that just happens to be the very same location where Clark (Kyle Bornheimer) and his best friend Will (Demetri Martin) are celebrating Clark’s recent divorce. Clad in sweatpants, Clark does not actually want to celebrate, he would much rather be sitting at home with his kids watching a movie.
After a lackluster attempt at a pick-up, the foursome find themselves riding around LA in a fully-stocked, stretch limousine driven by a comically snarky driver (Charlyne Yi). Directed by Mo Perkins, the quartet proceed into the night, contemplating marriage, parenthood, infidelity and sexuality. The alcohol-fueled adventure repeatedly threatens to dip into a cheap display of drunken debauchery, but Perkins opts to keep the limo’s trajectory on the relatively straight and narrow.
A four-character chamber piece with whip-smart dialogue, The Last Time You Had Fun is a worthwhile example of purely conversational filmmaking. Providing the audience with a bit more realism than films like The Hangover or Bridesmaids, the Hal Haberman-penned screenplay is still fueled with enough sardonic satire to take some of the more outlandish situations into a fantastical LA-LA land.