In the rocky territory of horror comedies, finding a gem like Too late feels as if we’re part of an Indiana Jones film and we just came upon a treasure. The indie comedy with hints of horror is a proud statement of originality beyond all the cliches the movie could contain and abstains from doing so. It’s unexpected, intelligently written, and insanely funny. Should you expect something else from the genre?
And even when the duo behind the camera (more on that later) could stay in a comfy zone and retreat and let comedians do their thing, their personality imprint is just important. The script for Too late digs deep into something more traditional than what you think: the contest of the underdog trying to make something out of a life that seems too bland to be important. In this honest insight the comedy works, and with a horror backdrop Too late arrives with confidence as an indie train of pure talent.
The LA comedy scene is not easy. There’s competition everywhere and sometimes you have to depend on your friends to actually get a gig. This means 5 o 10 minutes behind a mic in a small cafe where six people are watching and evaluating you. Yes, not easy. Violet books small time comedians in a cafe and tries to survive. She also works as an assistant for the owner of a larger place that also works as a talent showcase. Her boss is an obnoxious and needy man.
He’s also a monster. Literally. Violet must find food for him, and he likes young people. She has to deal with his needs, her phone ringing all day, and her best friend saying she must leave her job and try to be happier.
At a party Violet meets Jimmy. He’s also a struggling comedian and the spark is immediate. Violet falls for him. But it doesn’t take too long for her boss Bob to notice him and entice him to come to his place. Violet knows his plans and tries to get Jimmy away as well as keep her sanity. Alyssa Limperis does a great job at portraying the hero of this small adventure. Hers is the attitude that drives the film at all times. Violet is a fantastic character.
In this horror rom-com twirl of people telling great jokes, Too late works as a logical and emotionally precise film. It’s a timely film. It tells the story of a woman who’s been under attack from a lifestyle that doesn’t respect her at all. She gets almost assaulted by a guy and her reaction is desperation, anger, and ultimately revenge. We understand her and why she acts the way she does. And even if the film runs at 80 minutes long, the transition from these dramatic peeks to a wonderfully fun film feels natural and very well directed.
Behind the camera two geniuses. A husband-and-wife team called D.W. Thomas and Tom Becker that gather their influences and talent to create a one of a kind film in today’s genre-less indie cinema. To them I say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart.
Sometimes we want to laugh. Sometimes we don’t. And sometimes it’s just inevitable. Too late turned a tiresome week into something else. It drove me to create. To search for a better version of me, even if it was due to the countless clever jokes the movie contains. Within a sweet plot, I found truly effective comedians doing their best and one woman who believes in them. I would have loved to see more of the supporting cast developing their own characters. But I also understand the basis of the script and the production’s small budget spirit. More screen time is more money and perhaps a little overkill.