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Review: ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ Is A Lifeless, Speedy Adaptation

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MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM (2022)

An unremarkable, rushed teenage comedy, My Best Friend’s Exorcism doesn’t have much under the hood in terms of a substantial plot that raises the stakes and grabs the investment of viewers.

When Abby’s best friend Gretchen begins to act out strangely and strange occurrences start becoming frequent, Abby sets out to save her. Stars Elsie Fisher and Amiah Miller do their best with the somewhat lifeless adaptation, their chemistry fun and refreshing. Where the film starts to falter is after the first ten minutes when it begins to speed through the plot developments before the audience has any chance to develop any sense of empathy or investment for what is happening. While the novel may have been exciting to read, the film becomes tedious to watch.

The scares are absent yet the references to familiar horror films of the past are frequent, though boring. Numerous times I found myself asking “what are we doing here?” My Best Friend’s Exorcism seems like it only skims the top of of what could be an interesting story, even failing to develop the main characters.

Not much more to say about this one, a film that could have been a darling adaptation but instead could use an exorcism itself.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism is now streaming on Prime Video.

Rating: 2/5

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