Director: Todd Berger
Writer: Todd Berger
It’s a disaster is a very U.S. centric film. After years of fear based anti terrorism propaganda the United states is barely recognizable from the 1990’s. Preppers are a phenomenon that even have their own reality show. The government is spying on it’s citizens and all kinds of individual liberties have been stripped from the general population.
This is the context in which this film must be viewed. It’s a disaster is a very clever tongue in cheek romantic comedy set in suburban U.S.A and involves a group of eight people, (some friends), that meet up for their regular couples brunch.
The film explores the relationships between the couples and Glen (David Cross) is Tracy’s ( Julia Stiles) new beau. Fulfilling his position he delicately tip toes around the awkward social niceties involved with entering a long standing group of friends to try and cement his position in the group and please his new girlfriend which he met online.
Very evenly paced, the storyline rolls along as a generic rom com revolving around the dramas of the four couples until disaster strikes. This is when the real drama unfolds, the friends examine their lives, get to know each others secrets and inevitably band together to stare down death in a sea of hopelessness.
This film attempts to pose a realistic alternative to the fear and dread caused by the lurking possibility of a terrorist attack. It raises many questions as the couples experience as a reality one of the most common modern day fears in western society.
I thought the film was quite entertaining and if you’re in the mood for a light hearted romantic comedy you could certainly do a lot worse. Tod Berger won three awards for his efforts a complete list can be found here
6 out of 10.