- Elf 2017
directed by Sharad Kant Patel
starring Paul Galvan, Jessa Settle, Fred Parker jr, Kristen Tucker, Matt Tramel, Cathy Baron, Monique Cortez, Joshua Tomasik, Al Fallick (voice), Trevor Doyle Nelson, Brandon Hearnsberger, Mike Kiely, Crystal Crawford, Morgan McCarthy (voice), Kathleen Murphy, Morgan Gossom, Alex Aurisch
story by Sebastian Mathews, screenplay by Sharad Kant Patel, music by Sharad Kant Patel, Colin McRae
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College student Sarah (Jessa Settle) is almost a bit too much of a
goodie-two-shoe for her own good: She parties rarely, doesn't drink,
doesn't flirt around (let alone sleep around), and while she isn't a
virgin by any means, she has decided to take a break from boys after a
recent bitter break-up. And maybe that's exactly the reason why Christian
(Paul Galvan), president of a notorious fraternity, has fallen for her.
Now at first, when they meet at a party and he tries to get into her
panties a bit too eagerly, she pushes him away, but eventually, they meet
for coffee, get to know each other better, and Sarah has to admit he's
actually a pretty nice person beneath all of his fratboy posturing. For a
while it seems that they'd be going steady before long, but then Sarah
breaks off all contact, and when Christian tries to get back in touch with
her, he finds out she has a boyfriend, Eric (Jushua Tomasik, voiced by Al
Fallick). This totally drags him down and what was love at first becomes
obsession, much to the concern of his frat brothers, especially Patrick
(Matt Tramel), who has long questioned his authority, and now that he's no
longer the womanizing party animal he used to be anymore, he figures he
can replace Christian. But there's more to Christian and the fraternity
than meets the eye ...
Truth to be told, the beginning of Somebody's
Darling follows the tried-and-true college formula a bit too closely,
what with the college partyboy discovering depth and the virtuous girl
loosening up to meet halfway. Sure, there are signs here and there of an
extra layer to the story, but tension only builds up very slowly ... until
about halfway through the formula is toppled over to reveal a very dark
parallel plotline that has been built up in the shadows and once moved
center stage really gets the audience on the edge of their seats to leave
them with a shocking finale - and this second half is really what makes
the film, a cleverly told horror story filled with atmosphere and
suspense, with all sorts of plottwists along the way, and carried out by a
solid ensemble - and for that the movie's totally worth watching!