Review: ‘Desperados’

Relationship Movie

DESPERADOS, 2020 Sarah Burns as Kaylie, Nasim Pedrad as Wesley and Anna Camp as Brooke in DESPERADOS. Credit: Cate Cameron/NETFLIX

Desperados is the type of relationship movie with a good premise but loses its way. In essence, the idea of a comedy examines the societal pressures that women face at settling down and having a family seems fine enough. Still, it’s when the attempts at edgy humor overtake the film that it becomes a mess. There are undoubtedly relatable elements in this premise. There’s no man or woman alive who hasn’t at least once avoided saying what they think to whomever their dating in hopes of long-term happiness. However, there comes a moment where it all becomes a lie. Is losing your identity worth sacrificing? Had the film just stuck with that premise and explored it further, the film would have been so much better than how it turned out. 

Relationship Movie
Nasim Pedrad as Wesley and Lamorne Morris as Sean in DESPERADOS. Credit: Cate Cameron/NETFLIX

Desperados is about Wesley (Nasim Pedrad), who feels time ticking away as her friends have moved. Her best friends Brooke (Anna Camp) and Kaylie (Sarah Burns), still find time to hang with Wesley, but she realizes that won’t last forever. After a string of bad dates, Wesley decides to agree with everything a guy says to secure a long-term relationship. She tries this on Jared (Robbie Amell), and it goes well until he drops off the planet after a passionate night together. After giving it a few days, her besties come over to console Wesley. Amid drunken rage, they decide to craft the most filthy break-up e-mail to Jared. Just as the final touches are added, Wesley finds out that Jared is actually in a hospital in Mexico. Just as she’s screaming for Brooke to delete the e-mail, she sends it. This moment, of course, sets off hysterics and a crazy plan. They decided to find his hotel in Mexico and break into his room to delete the message. Upon arrival, Wesley runs into Sean (Lamore Morris), which ends up being a curve no one saw coming. 

Morris and Pedrad certainly have loads of chemistry, and anytime those two were together in a scene, it was perfect. The problem with the film stems from Camp and Burns’s characters. Desperados is clunky because those actors were often competing with Pedrad for the spotlight. If their roles had truly been supporting the narrative and not just comic relief, the film would have turned out much different than it did. Instead, what we have is another relationship movie that tries doing too much. 

'Desperados'
2.5

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