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Time Share

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Some profanity in edgy, offbeat Mexican satire/drama.

Movie NR 2018 96 minutes
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This "vacation disaster" movie is best enjoyed by fans of David Lynch and movies with a surreal and unsettling style. The pastel hues that predominate in many of the scenes -- garish, gaudy -- are the perfect contrast to the discomfort lurking around every corner. While set in Mexico, the colors and the general air of something more insidious going on give the setting the look of some kind of Central Florida hellscape. The tacky tourists in the background slurping blended cocktails, the cheesy hyper-masculine tennis instructor, the corporate double-talk intended to translate into a half-hearted apology -- all of this contributes to the unreal reality.

It's a "vacation gone wrong" story, but it's soon obvious that Time Share aspires to something so much more than that. Pedro comes off as a bit of a snob and a chauvinist, and yet one can't help but sympathize with someone who only wants to have some peace and relaxation with his family for the one week of the year he has off from work. Gloria comes off as callous to her estranged husband and gullible toward a duplicitous salesperson (deftly played by RJ Mitte, best known as Flynn from Breaking Bad), but can't be faulted for trying to rebuild and move on with her life after the death of her child. Themes of invasive small data used for marketing purposes and cult-like behaviors of those in search of a prefab paradise are exaggerated to the point of satire. It takes a little effort to get a fix on what's going on with the story, but the effort is definitely worth it.

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