For folks searching for a knee-slapping comedy about a group of unlikely friends who find strength in each other during the oncoming apocalypse, you will not find it in It's a Disaster. For those searching for a slow-paced, mildly amusing comedy where almost nothing of interest happens, Todd Berger's It's a Disaster is right up your alley.
The film has a fairly simple premise: eight characters with no chemistry gather for a monthly couples brunch and slowly realize that the world outside their bacon- scented house is coming to an end.It's a Disaster has one set, and almost no external characters outside the main eight, making it so that the weight of the movie rests on the dialog between characters. But the dialog falls flat even with a cast led by David Cross, despite his uncanny ability to turn truly awful lines into comedy gold.
Maybe if the film creators spent less time attempting to act and more time editing the patchy script, It's a Disaster would have been a success. The real tragedy is the lack of character dynamics that are necessary in this type of film. Director Todd Berger dirty-bombed his own film when he decided to use co-producer Kevin M. Brennan as the comedic lead and co-producer Jeff Grace as "the knowledgeable one," forcing America Ferrera to interact with the actor equivalent of a Lego block, complete with painfully awkward lines and forced emotional catharsis.
What begins as a brunch between a group of unlikeables steadily devolves into an unfunny and pointless series of outbursts. There is lots of booze but no drunkenness, yelling but no hysteria, and a plot twist that anyone could sleep through and not miss anything. In fact, sleep through the whole movie, it's a disaster. - Rachel Finley
A regular at Lenox Coffee in Harlem, Ms. Finley is a contributor to Indie Flava magazine. Currently a Macaulay Honors College attendee (CCNY), she’s a lover of movies that make her re-evaluate her life decisions.