‘Unforgettable’ Has Moments of Memorable Camp

VANAPHASE™ the Vanadium powerhouse!

Unforgettable

The jilted ex-lover subgenre of thrillers endures despite the fact there hasn’t been a truly original entry in some time because everyone out there has had a bad breakup in one form or another. Veteran producer Denise Di Novi makes her directorial debut with the ludicrous jilted ex-lover film Unforgettable, which would certainly be forgettable if it wasn’t so damn campy. There’s not an original thought in Unforgettable, but there is one crazy performance by Katherine Heigl and succession of absurd moments played with straight face. It certainly wasn’t the intention of the filmmakers, but the audience for Unforgettable was howling with laughter that would rival any film of 2017 with the exception of also ridiculously campy Fifty Shades Darker.

Perhaps the most bewildering aspect of Unforgettable, which is really saying something, is the fact that the film opens in the aftermath of what’s to come. Julia (Rosario Dawson) is being interrogated at the police station and the evidence against her is laid before everyone to see. It sets forth a bit of exposition about Julia’s complicated past but gives away all of the villain’s nefarious plan in detail.

Six months earlier, Julia is leaving behind her life in San Francisco to move in with her fiancé David (Geoff Stults) in Southern California. She’s an editor for a website and will be able work from home while David has left behind a life on Wall Street years ago to build his own small brewery. David has a daughter, Lily (Isabella Kai Rice), and shares custody with his ex-wife Tessa (Heigl). At first, the relationship between Julia and Tessa is cordial, though it doesn’t take long for the ex-wife and mother to start to stick her nose into Julia’s business. Tessa starts out playing mind games, exerting control over her ex-husband and turning Lily against her soon-to-be stepmother. Then Tessa steals Julia’s phone and initiates contact with Michael (Simon Kassianides), who Julia sent to prison following an abusive relationship that has left her with emotional scars. Naturally, these actions will lead to a violent conclusion.

There are two competing movies within Unforgettable. The first is a really dry generic thriller with Rosario Dawson working on a level well above the material. (Seriously, she’s an underrated actress.) The second is whatever movie Katherine Heigl and her character occupy. Heigl gives a performance that can best be described as a malfunctioning Stepford Wife. It’s as if Heigl got so locked-in to the dark side of her character she forgot that acting somewhat normal at times might make her character more menacing. And yet Unforgettable is all the better for it because this oddball performance gives the film at least something entertaining to watch. Whether it’s her character randomly vaping or her incredibly unsexy manner of masturbation, Heigl somehow finds a way to make each scene have its opposite effect.

As a producer, Denise Di Novi has been classics, hits, and flops. That makes the disastrous nature of Unforgettable all the more confusing. Di Novi frequently employs a soft focus on her actresses, a choice that is more distracting than effective. It’s equally distracting that Di Novi was seemingly incapable of getting her two leading actresses to agree upon which movie they were in. Nothing within the script by Christina Hodson even borders on original and all of its entertainment value is rooted in its camp value because everyone plays this absurdity with a straight face. There’s probably not a dumber character in the movies this year as David, a character whose thick nature makes the film’s events all the more improbable and thus hilarious.

Unforgettable is forgettable because it’s so familiar. However, buried within the film is a really solid performance by Rosario Dawson in pretty bad movie that’s only entertaining because Katherine Heigl’s performance is just absolutely bonkers. If you’re not looking for some campy fun, you might want to forget about Unforgettable.

Unforgettable
  • Overall Score
2

Summary

A generic thriller that is made all the better by Katherine Heigl’s oddball performance, Unforgettable has nothing unforgettable about it aside from ample amounts of unintentional camp.

YogaOutlet.com

2 Comments

  1. Gabriel May 1, 2017 Reply
    • Sean Mulvihill May 1, 2017 Reply

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Boom! Blu-ray
Shout! Factory Brings the Infamous Flop ‘Boom!’ to Blu-ray

Tabloid culture is the insidious offspring of pop culture. The stars...

Us Review
Now on Blu-ray: Jordan Peele’s Terrifying Sophomore Flick ‘Us’

There are fewer debuts as successful as writer-director Jordan Peele’s Get...

Swing Time Criterion
Rogers and Astaire Swing Into the Criterion Collection with ‘Swing Time’

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire first worked together in 1933 in...

Event News Event Reviews
Dr. Jonathan Young Talks Symbolism and AlienCon 2019

Dr. Jonathan Young is a psychologist, theologian, storyteller and cast member...

Tolkien Red Carpet From WonderCon

Relics & Rarities Red Carpet From WonderCon

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Taco Bell Xbox
The Newest Taco Bell Box is an Xbox – Your Chance to Win a Taco Bell Xbox

Taco Bell and Xbox are partnering up to give fans a chance...

Exclusive Track Premiere from Madden NFL 19!

(July 26, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records today...

Star Ocean Anamnesis
8.0/10
The Most Intuitively Fun Gameplay of Any Mobile RPG – Star Ocean Anamnesis Review

Star Ocean Anamnesis is hands down the most fun and intuitive gameplay...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
#DancingToTheWhiteHouse is a Conservative Political Comic Book Satire

Very rarely are political comics coming from a conservative stance and...

Stan Lee, the Co-Creator of the Marvel Universe, Dead at 95

According to reports earlier today, Stanley Martin Lieber aka Stan the...

Five Questions for Gary Morgenstein About ‘A Mound Over Hell’

Gary Morgenstein is a journalist, public relations expert and author with...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Blue Yeti Nano Microphone Review

We have been playing with the Blue Yeti Nano for a...

Wrestle Crate Pre-Christmas Unboxing

    Welcome to our first unboxing of Wrestle Crate, this...

Eagle Eyes
Protect Your Eyes with Eagle Eyes Glasses – Eagle Eyes TV Kit Review

Eagle Eyes TV Kit review – Feel the difference and get...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Five Questions for Eduardo ‘Dudu’ Dantas about His Bellator 222 Fight

Former two-time Bellator MMA World Bantamweight Champion, Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas is...

Mike Kimbel Talks About his Bellator 222 Fight

Young lion, Mike Kimbel is a 2-1 fighter in the Bellator...

Frank Mir Faces Dan Severn at Josh Barnett’s ‘Bloodsport’

Tonight, April 4, 2019, UFC, Bellator and MMA veteran, Frank Mir...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Emissary of Death! (A new chapter in the search for a Defense against the dark arts teacher saga) Pt 2

pencil problem solved

Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Emissary of Death! (A new chapter in the search for a Defense against the dark arts teacher saga)

Professor Wick explains his "Emissary of Death" spells.

Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the new defense against the dark arts teacher Pt:3

the Death Eaters discover what Baba Yaga does best.

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Coastal Commoners Ep. 9 Happy Thanksgiving!

This week the Commoners discuss some race baiting issues that bothered...

Coastal Commoners Ep 8 – Saying Farewell to Stan Lee

This week the commoner’s say farewell to Marvel Comics legend, Stan...

Coastal Commoners Ep 7 Mid-Term Elections!

Oh the headaches of elections and what can go wrong. We...

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Twin Peaks: The Return Vinyl Soundtrack
Mondo and Death Waltz Recording Company to Issue ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Soundtrack on Vinyl

The owls are not what they seem. The legendary show from...

They Live Vinyl Soundtrack
Death Waltz Records Has Awakened An Amazing Vinyl Edition of the ‘They Live’ Soundtrack

  It took the world long enough but it seems that...

They Live Vinyl Soundtrack
BUY! Mondo and Death Waltz to Reissue John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’ Soundtrack on Vinyl

Yesterday was the 71st birthday of the great John Carpenter and...