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Townhouse Confidential

USA 2022
produced by
Lawrence Scott, Rosalind Resnick (executive), Rob Simmons (executive), Ante Novakovic (executive)
directed by Patrick Perez Vidauri
starring Sam Simone, Lee Tyler, Brittany Bennett, Allison Wick, Jonas Barranca, Georgia Kate Haege, Pepi Streiff, Joseph D'Onofrio, Al Linea, Danny Bolero, Ernest Pierce, Russell Sperberg, Ashley Grombol, Cory Stonebrook, Nicola Gorham, Nina Zoie Lam, Paige Simunovich, Bek Markas, Mark Erson
written by Rosalind Resnick, music by Robert Rodriguez Rospide

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Sisters Liz (Sam Simone), Lydia (Brittany Bennett) and Mary (Allison Wick) live in a beautiful townhouse in the West Village, Manhattan, New York, which they have inherited by their parents - but since neither of them has a very good job, they can hardly pay for the places maintenance. So they accept a tenant for the downstairs apartment, hedgefunds manager Jonathan (Russell Sperberg), who seems to be a nice enough guy, but he has a friend, George Barrow (Lee Tyler), who seems to pop into Jonathan's apartment and thus the sisters' lives almost constantly and who can't stop nagging about the place - which is bad enough, but worse so since he's a young hotshot from a family of realtors who want to buy up all the townhouses of Lower Manhattan to turn the area into a hedge funds managers' paradise. Needless to say the sisters' place is the only one he hasn't gotten his hands on yet. So it's war between him and the sisters, but for him it's not only about a good business deal, he also owes a lot of money to two mobsters (Joseph D'Onofrio, Al Linea) whom he will only able to pay back once the girls' place is his - and the mobsters are getting a tad impatient. So the sisters' situation is bad, and it's made worse when they find out their checkbook of their account with the bank that has a huge loan on it has been stolen, and the bank's planning to re-possess the house shouldn't they be able to pay back soon. So it seems George and the girls are stuck in a stalemate - but then one power-outaged night, George and Liz bump into one another in Jonathan's apartment, and they notice they might have romantic feelings for one another, stemming from a story that has happened in their childhood. But there's also Tommy (Jonas Barranca), who has the hots for Liz, and who desparately wants to break up the two of them before anything can develop. Only, Tommy's bad news in more ways than one ...

 

Now I won't lie to you, Townhouse Confidential is not exactly a movie that breaks genre boundaries let alone re-invents romantic comedy as such, and really the attitude that a woman's happiness depends on finding Prince Charming seems a little out of date by now - but that doesn't mean that this is a bad film as such: Sure, the overall plot might be lacking in originality, but there are fun detaily (like a predilection for cupcakes) that make up for this, as well as well fleshed-out and relatable characters at the center of the story, with a bunch of pretty hilarious caricatures on the sidelines. And that the obligatory happy ending also includes a gay wedding sure is worth mentioning as well. So no, not the re-invention of the wheel - but you might like it more than you'd expect still.

 

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