3rd Street Blackout: Relationship Mishaps in a Tech World

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When I was given the option of reviewing 3rd Street Blackout, I was a little hesitant. There is nothing more a Libertarian from San Francisco living 3rd St Blackoutin Orange County wants more than to watch a movie about uppity hipster New Yorkers trying to be cooler than everyone else when we all know they were usually the ones getting trash canned in high school…does that still happen?

However, when I saw the cast and realized that comedienne Negin Farsad was the star, co-writer, co-director and producer of the film, then I had to watch, especially after seeing some of her stand up routines on YouTube and the documentary, The Muslims are Coming with fellow comedian, Dean Obeidallah. It is safe to stay that Farsad and I probably wouldn’t agree on a lot of things politically, but when it comes to our similar upbringings I knew I would get the joke on a much different level than some the other viewers or critics.

The premise is simple, Mina (Farsad) is a brilliant, yet quirky and awkwardly funny neuroscientist who tries to expand her research while presenting at a TED Talk. Her live-in, beta boyfriend, Rudy (co-star, co-writer, co-directer, producer Jeremy Radleaf) is a freelance programmer that just won a hacking contest but feels his accomplishments are overshadowed by his much more successful partner.

“We are definitely self-aware of the people we were trying to paint and making more needy, especially when it comes to social media and tech stuff. We definitely wanted to take those people a notch down where they can’t use their farmer’s market app. I’m less tech dependent than  the characters in the movie, but I have a WNYC toat bag. I am aware of it, I like some parts of it and then embarrassed by some of what I like,” joked Farsad about being a hipster-ish New York transplant.

All hell breaks loose when Mina tells a little lie after a chance encounter with overly flirtatious, extremely charming and quite wealthy Nathan Blonket (Ed Weeks), who’s taste in women is just as good as the projects he’s interested in funding. Unfortunately for Mina that flirtation goes a little farther than she would have liked and Rudy goes into a tizzy once only a tenth of the truth is revealed; throwing a tantrum during a week-long blackout following a hurricane.

It is now up to Mina to win back Rudy’s affections giving him an opportunity to prove he is the alpha-beta of his crew and realize his ambitions as a worthy code writer that deserves success instead of just being a waste of talent.

“The whole thing came together in like a year. I had lived through Hurricane Sandy and with those blackouts, those 5 days felt like maybe the best 5 days I had in New York City. Spoiler alarts, I lived on 3rd Street, I’m also a TED Fellow and I  had this boyfriend during the hurricane as our relationship blossomed and flourished. We didn’t have phones so we had to write each other, leaving notes on each other’s doors and it was a whole cute that way of communication that lent to the RomCom setting — but that relationship didn’t work out, so screw that guy,” said Farsad about the plot of the film while following the adage, write what you know.

The supporting cast is what really pulls this film together, especially entrepreneur/messenger Chuck (Miles J. Harvey) and diabetic neighbor Susan (Phillis Somerville). Susan helps Mina learn what it means to pull herself out of her research and tech addiction to interact with people in the neighborhood, making real connections with people, while living in the moment instead of capturing it on a 4 in. screen.

3rd Street Blackout is not your typical RomCom, you might love to hate these characters, but unlike other movies, you actually want them to find happiness and not die a lonely, miserable death…I’m looking at you, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days!

3rd Street Blackout is out today via OnDemand and DigitalHD.

Follow Negin Farsad on Twitter @NeginFarsad

Visit Negin Farsad’s official website for Stand Up Comedy Tour Dates and Speaking engagements at http://neginfarsad.com/

Visit 3rd Street Blackout at their official website http://3rdstblackout.com/

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The Verdict

3rd Street Blackout is the only RomCom you need to see of 2016.

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