Bad Match (2017)
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Sky Movies proudly boasts Bad Match as being 'Fatal Attraction for the tinder generation' and in fairness that pretty much sums this film up. That being said though, this is no Fatal Attraction - in fact it doesn't even come close.
I think part of the problem with this film is how I perceived it; I got the impression that we're supposed to see Harris as the victim and Riley as the villain, but I didn't see the film as being quite as black and white as that. The trouble is that Harris is far too unsympathetic and unlikeable for me to ever see him as a victim and I became a little detached from the film for this reason. It doesn't really help that later in the film Harris seems to lose his mind slightly by kidnapping Riley and forcing her to confess to downloading child porn onto his laptop - even though he has no proof that she has done this. On the other hand, we have Riley who were lead to believe is some kind of certifiable nutcase, but when in reality I think that she was nothing more than a slightly insecure attention-seeker and for that reason I never saw her as a particularly terrifying presence (particularly in comparison to Glenn Close's character in Fatal Attraction).
Some aspects of the narrative were also a bit nonsensical such as the reveal that it was his friend that downloaded the child pornography onto Harris' laptop rather than it being Riley as he initially assumed. Quite apart from how ludicrous it seems that someone would ruin someone's life for mocking them on a video game, I also couldn't understand how this kid managed to download all the images in the first place? I mean wouldn't he have needed to be able to access Harris' laptop as confirmed in the film?. To my knowledge, they only spoke to each other online and never actually met in person.. It's quite clear that it's just a dumb twist thrown in for a Wow moment, but it's pretty stupid if you think about it.
Chirchirillo's writing and directing leave a lot to be desired, but he does at least get reasonable performances from Simmons and Cutmore-Scott, but the half-decent performances are really all that's going for this fairly weak variant of Fatal Attraction.
If you like cliches done straight faced you'll love this, otherwise give it a pass
Lilli Simmons is totally hot as the femme fatale or whatever she is, the mistaken femme fatale. Why she would go after a millennial dipstick like the one in the movie is way beyond my powers of comprehension but I suppose that's the way the world is for young women today.
Cut out 30 minutes and you have a 7 star film.
I won't spoil it, but, if you're a predicter like myself, you'll sniff out one of three potential endings. I gave it four stars, three for content and one for the painstaking acting. But, it's a fun watch.
First of all, I did not like this movie at all. Why not? the acting was awful, the only decent performance was from Lili Simmons (Riley).
The characters weren't deep enough, I don't remember any names except for Riley and Harris, although I'm not even sure about the latter.
The plot was really weak, and the climax (last minutes) was a joke. I think this would work as a comedy though.
Definitely not for me or for those who like thrillers or suspense.
After our douchebag main character confronts our creepy stalker protagonist about the damage done to his life, you can tell what's up. Just think about who this guy is and how many other people don't like him, and from what's presented to us in the running time of this movie, you'll most likely figure it out before it punches you in the face.
With that said though, I'd just like to say that the ending of this movie is now in the top 3 of my "movie endings that pissed me off" list.
The story has this loser guy who plays video games, works his job and hooks up with girls using a dating app. Very attractive girls that he has no trouble picking up and hooking up with. Well, he swipes on a girl named Riley and soon learns that some girls want more than a one night stand. After thinking he has gotten her out of his life, his life begins to fall apart!
The movie is an unrealistic view of dating apps from the male perspective as guys do not have the success this guy does if they look like him. Men always outnumber the women by 10 to 1 minimum on this sites, so even with the guy's strategy of swiping right on all women, I still find it highly unlikely he'd be able to pick up a girl with the frequency this film was showing him have in this movie. Also, they telegraph what is going to happen at the end a bit too much in this one, suffice to say, pick up the phone when your lawyer calls and do what he says.
So, not a horrible movie by any stretch of the imagination, just needed more to it. The ending needed to be hidden a bit better, as it is most people who view it are going to figure it out. The ending scenes with the dude and Riley are pretty interesting and it has its moments where it shines, but come on, no guy would ever have this kind of success on a dating site. The film would have been more realistic if it had a female in the lead and she had a stalker come after her.
And while this all may sound negative and things are quite obvious and predictable, there is still quite a lot to like about this. Tough job for the actors and the director to pull something like this off. If you don't mind it and want to watch something that will not give you much, this has quite a few funny scenes ... and a very convinient neglect of ... well it had to be like that otherwise that one thing would not have worked ... which kind of cheapens it ...