‘Other People’s Children': Film Review

An determined filmmaker becomes romantically concerned with a homeless male in Liz Hinlein’s directorial debut.

Forget pick-up bars and smart nightclubs. If adequate Los Angeles-based women see Liz Hinlein’s directorial debut, afterwards Skid Row will be a end of choice to find hunky, supportive men.

Such is a conditions decorated in Other People’s Children, whose executive impression is Sam (Diane Marshall-Green), an determined filmmaker still anguish a new genocide of her world-famous artist father (Scott Patterson) notwithstanding his also carrying been, as illustrated in several flashbacks, a world-class jerk.

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Upon returning to Los Angeles from a East Coast, Sam is embarrassed to learn that her friends Josh (Michael Mosley), with whom she once had a brief fling, and Ariel (Alexandra Breckenridge) are now a couple. Drowning her sorrows in ethanol and inebriated hook-ups, Sam is some-more than a small intrigued by P.K. (Chad Michael Murray), a homeless male for whom she impulsively buys a prohibited chocolate when he creates a ruckus in a coffee emporium by seeking to use a bathroom.

At initial Sam is meddlesome in P.K. and his rope of likewise homeless friends  — who hunker in an deserted room vast adequate to horde raves — as a subjects for her successive film. But she shortly finds herself romantically captivated to a soft-spoken, gentle immature male who boasts cheekbones to die for (underneath his fashionably scabby beard) and a chiseled, six-pack physique that suggests that, while he competence be homeless, he does possess one ruin of a gym membership. He’s clearly well-educated, means to brand Ariel being named not for The Little Mermaid though rather for a impression in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. And he assures Sam that, while he takes drugs, he’s “clean,” definition that he doesn’t use needles.

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Naturally, a successive attribute meets with condemnation from Sam’s friends, generally Josh, who’s clearly still meddlesome in her. And not everybody in P.K.’s round is as attractive as he is, generally a flighty Eddie (Harrison Thomas), who during one indicate shows adult in Sam’s bed while she’s sleeping.

Adrienne Harris’ screenplay never musters adult sufficient thespian tragedy to make us caring for her clichéd characters, and a late explanation about P.K’s tangible conditions in life isn’t scarcely as intolerable as it’s clearly dictated to be. Exploiting a critical emanate of homelessness for a purpose of inexpensive regretful melodrama, Other People’s Children squanders whatever intensity it competence have had.

Production: OPC Film

Distributor: Golden Films

Cast: Diane Marshall-Green, Chad Michael Murray, Michael Mosley, Alexandra Breckenridge, Harrison Thomas, Alysa Diaz

Director: Liz Hinlein

Screenwriter: Adrienne Harris

Producers: Edward Button, Adrienne Harris, Liz Hinlein, Diane Marshall-Green

Executive producers: Edward Button, Robyn Holt, Chad Michael Murray, Priya Santiani

Director of photography: Edward Button

Production designer: Derrick Hinman

Editor: Eugenio Richer

Costume designer: Alison Brooks

Composer: Mac Quayle

Casting: Melissa DeLizia, Wendy O’Brien

Not rated, 84 minutes.

 

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