Barefoot Review

would not quiet compare it to a classic like the movie Rain Man but similar in that Jay Wheeler played by Scott Speedman the “black sheep” son of a rich family is on the ropes financially and uses Daisy a psychiatric patient…

The Crit

Story - 11%
Cast - 20%
Music Score - 10%
Originality - 14%

14%

Barelove

User Rating: 2 ( 1 votes)

I would not quiet compare it to a classic like the movie Rain Man but similar in that Jay Wheeler played by Scott Speedman the “black sheep” son of a rich family is on the ropes financially and uses Daisy a psychiatric patient to get money out of his family.

Jay is a janitor at the hospital where Daisy’s has been admitted after the death of her mother. Jay has to leave town immediately after a loan shark gives him the last few days to “pay back the money”.  Sure things could not get worse for Jay but he then receives an invitation to his brother’s wedding and he rather spend the evening being beaten in the head by the loan shark than face his family.

Running out of options now that the his loan shark knows his family is wealthy, he sees the opportunity in attending the wedding and trying con his dad into thinking he is turning his life around with a new business venture and settling down with a decent girl to get another loan from his family for his business venture when in fact it’s to pay off his debts but the only problem is he does not know anyone willing to pretend to be his girlfriend.

On the night he decides to skip town he notices Daisy being abused by an orderly while leaving the hospital after his shift and rescues her but she follows him out of the hospital.

Now stuck with her and with Daisy too scared of the hospital to take her back inside, he has the bright idea to make Daisy his pretend girlfriend and take her with to the wedding. Daisy is however naïve and lived in isolation her entire life however this childlike wonder charms his parents into thinking Jay finally is making something out of his life and settling down with the right person.

The story really gets interesting when Jay’s lies unravels and now having to flee the wedding in shame Jay steals his Dad’s restored vintage RV in hopes to pawn it for money but ends up as a touching road trip for Daisy when they travel across state to out run the police.

The movie was touching and interesting but was not a blockbuster RomCom nor well received due to the clear lack of chemistry.

Additional Information

Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Drama
Age Rating:7 – 9 PGL
Estimated RRP: +/- R100
Release Date: 22 April 2015

Likes

  • The Road trip plot twist, I felt the movie should have been more about the road trip as these underutilised scenes gave the actors to a chance to shine.

Dislikes

  • Lack off on screen romantic sizzle between Daisy and Jay made it unbelievable.

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