Banana Split Movie Review: It Won’t Have  You In Splits
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Banana Split Movie Review: It Won’t Have You In Splits

Banana Split Movie Review: It takes itself too seriously to qualify as a satire

  • Movie Name Banana Split
  • Director Benjmin Kasulke
  • Actor Liano Liberato and Hannah Marks

Rating: * ½ (one and a half stars)

Barring an Eighth Grade American teen comedies are like instant noodles. Eat digest forget move on…Banana Split another one of those big-screen Coronova casualties to move immediately to DVD, is a popcorn film without any pop in its corniness. Teeming with twinkle-eyed teens with unnaturally large libidos and even more unnaturally white teeth,  so  taken up their own pathetically constrained  preoccupations that  I  was left wondering how they are coping  now with the  lockdown crisis.

It’s one thing to worry about  straying boyfriends and  giggly girl bondings in normal times. But to even  consider such a life  during times of  a pandemic is a ludicrous  thought. The  main characters are two beautiful young female adults, almost teenagers Clara(Liano Liberato) and  April(Hannah Marks) who are into the same vermin-like dude.

But  they soon discover  a mutual friendship that blissfully precludes the chap they thought they loved.It’s a likable premise for a lightweight rom-com. And the two girls portray non-homosexual female kinship with endearing cogency. I specially like Liano Liberato who has an interesting  personality. Given  better material she could be far more charming. Here she is  constrained by  a plot and dialogues that read  like snapchat print-outs.

The  interesting part is  a dinner sequence where Clara introduces April to her family. The  banter here is  more  bouncy than frisky, though Clara’s  precocious younger sister  is a carbon copy of the  character  in To All  The Boys PS  I Still Love You, a film that typified the asininity of teen flicks about imbecilic romantic conflicts.

Watching Banana Split, I was reminded of a 1979 Basu Chatterjee rom-com Baaton Baaton Mein where a heartachingly beautiful Tina Munim tells her uncle how tough life is for her. “I know what  you mean. In the evening you’ve to  go to a party. You can’t decide whether to wear the  black or red dress.  \Really tough,” uncle deadpanned.

Stripped away of  the irony of a young generation  trapped in its own trivialities Banana Split takes itself  too  seriously to qualify as satire. It  will entertain you only if you think chucking an unreliable boyfriend to have a meaningful relationship with his ex-girlfriend is a fun idea.

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