Cringey, wild, and completely unexpected, The Drop is one of the funniest movies I have seen in recent memory thanks to a script that isn’t afraid to swim in the awkward and great performances from Anna Konkle and Jermaine Fowler.
Lex (Konkle) and Mani (Fowler), a couple trying to conceive, head out for a destination wedding with friends that quickly turns sour when Lex drops her friend’s baby in front of everyone. If that sentence makes you feel uncomfortable, buckle up for a crazy ride. The excruciating atmosphere Lex’s mistake creates is palpable from the very moment it happens, leading to unpleasant interactions with a group of friends who are equal parts concerned and suffering from secondhand embarrassment while also just trying to move on. The jokes don’t stop coming, some larger zingers peppered throughout an otherwise convincing script that succeeds in riding the naturalistic responses to the script’s developments. Much of this is thanks to Fowler who definitely came to play, his character fluctuating between care for his wife and just trying to get through the trip. He’s certainly a star in the making.
This is quite the different film for writer/director Sarah Adina Smith who dives deep into the comedy with The Drop as opposed to previous drama, horror, and psychological entries. Here, she’s assembled a cast that also includes Jillian Bell, Joshua Leonard, and Aparna Nancherla who all seem to be in their element and fully embodying the ridiculous exaggerations of their characters. It all simply works well, transporting audiences along for the ride of this insane friends getaway that just never seems to go right. I laughed so hard at times that I cried. The Drop is one of my top films of this year.
Seen at the 2022 Tribeca Festival