SYNOPSISCandy injects the “fun” in her dysfunctional life. When your brother is found by a neighbor naked and drunk, you’re stuck with a caveman of a boyfriend, you have a dickhead boss, and the madness of everyday life competes with your mother’s need to appear “normal,” you have to peek between the cracks to find the warm rays of hope. But, maybe normalcy is just a construct for other people. And, maybe breaking out of the institution is more important than fitting in. After years of trying to save those she loves, it’s time for Candy to save herself.
Creedmoria is like the lovechild of John Waters and Baz Luhrmann during the Strictly Ballroom years. With hilariously over the top, almost caricature archetypes, this film has everything you’d want in a dysfunctional family comedy set in the 80’s. Hyper-saturated fashion and a kick-ass soundtrack, not excluded. Terrific performances from the entire cast lend to loving these characters even if some of them are meant for you to hate. Oh, and real-life Creedmoor psychiatric institution residents wandering in and out of scenes adds another layer of weirdness. They remind me of The Transylvanians from The Rocky Horror Picture Show for some odd reason and contribute another dimension of, “Sure, why not.” to the plot. But the script does tackle a ton of real issues; narcissistic parenting, bullying, misogyny, sexual orientation, addiction, just to name a few. That being said, it certainly doesn’t stop Creedmoria from being a fun coming of age flick with some serious sass and laughs.
Released on VOD May 15th