Self-referential Hollywood satire
This article is from 2013.
Sergio is a method actor, successful in mainstream filmmaking but dissatisfied with his type-casting as a one-dimensional villain. Self-centred himbo Joe, a former classmate of Sergio’s, has disregarded his classical training in favour of becoming an A-lister, embracing Hollywood conventions in a way Sergio finds distasteful. When the two are reunited for a new project, Sergio attempts to take charge, hoping to steer the film away from yet another shallow depiction of goodies versus baddies.
There’s a lot to like about Baddies: the script is, for the most part, coherent and believable; the two leads do a decent job of carrying the bulk of the drama; and the plot succeeds in raising interesting questions about narrative conventions, doubling back on itself with further queries until it’s clear that there are numerous shades of grey to be considered. The second act buckles under the weight of too many characters (the on-stage cast suddenly doubles around the midway point), and Sergio is (ironically) presented in far too favourable a light for someone so pretentious, but nevertheless, Baddies remains a solid piece of satirical comedy drama.
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