THE FREEBIE – Sundance Movie Review
THE FREEBIE is a film about a happy married couple, Darren (Dax Shepard) and Annie (Katie Aselton), who decide to give each other one night of freedom to have no-strings-attached sex with a stranger for each of them. But this seemingly great plan might not turn out exactly how they anticipated it would.
The film was created using a lot of improv and I think it definitely contributes to the realism of the film. I found the story to be very organic and true, and that’s why I enjoyed watching it so much. It was as if you were a fly on the wall listening in to this couple’s secret conversations and seeing their relationship evolve. I think couples might definitely be able to relate to Darren and Annie.
In order for the movie to work, the most important part was to get two good actors to portray to a couple. I am glad to say that Dax Shepard and Katie Aselton have great chemistry on screen and are very believable as this happy couple, who make a decision that changes their lives. They also both bring great performances and dimension to their characters.
I also have to praise Katie Aselton for her directorial debut. She was able to create a story that felt real, while at the same time starring as the main character, which not everyone is able to do. I really hope that after this she decides to take on a larger project and explore more of her talent as a director.
Overall, I really enjoyed the film. It was a simple story which was executed very effectively and allowed you to feel like you were seeing these events unfold in front of your eyes.