Eight Days a Week – Review

by Bret W.

Not just another coming of age comedy, Eight Days A Week is a twisted and perverse comedy that makes its mark with a fresh new story that SO wants to work.  However, even if you don’t take it seriously, even if you suspend disbelief and give the film maker the benefit of the doubt for comedy’s sake, the story itself leaves you feeling just a little put out.  In this day and age, it’s hard to find activity that can only be construed as stalking to be endearing.  In fact, the entire plot becomes a little predictable and contrite when, at the end, our hero gets everything he ever wanted, only after he discovers that what he wanted was not what he thought he wanted.  But still, he gets what he originally thought that he wanted, because he’s gone full circle and discovered that what he wanted was what he wanted all along.

Got that?

Ok, so it’s a comedy.  It’s even a funny one at that.  I’ll even give kudos to Michael Davis for coming up with a different kind of boy-meets-girl film, because, hey, the thought of a guy living on a girl’s lawn because he’s in love with her is so creepy that it’s interesting.  It’s a story straight out of Weekly World News.  And who among us hasn’t bought one of those from time to time?  You know, the bat-boy issues are the best sellers for a reason.  It’s the morbid curiosity of society that Davis tries to capitalize on with this film.  However, I have to quite honestly tell you that before I saw it on HBO, I never even heard of it.  But it’s an indie film, that’s to be expected.

Still, it was cheeky enough that it stopped my channel surfing.  It took me a while to decide whether I actually liked it or not.  In the end, I decided that yes, I did like it.  It was a campy and funny little film that was different, and different is good in Hollywood circles.  It’s nice to see a film that is not following a formula.  However, it was still predictable, still ended the way we knew it would all along.  The acting was methodical.  The story and the situations were quite funny, which propelled the whole thing along, and it’s certainly something I wouldn’t mind seeing again.

If you can’t quite tell if this is a good review or not, well, maybe it’s because I can’t quite tell if Eight Days A Week is a good film or not.  See it and decide for yourself.