Review: Horse Girl

Sometimes that awkwardness never leaves you.

Sarah (Alison Brie) is a socially awkward woman working at an arts and craft store. She spends time binge watching her favorite supernatural crime show over and over, visiting the horse she used to ride as a child much to the owner's chagrin, but more recently she's been having strange dreams and nose bleeds. She eventually starts to question her reality.

This film reminded me a lot of Safety Not Guaranteed. It's a quirky story that eventually gets weird. Very weird. In fact, I'm not sure what exactly the writers were going for by the end if it. I want to assume they knew exactly what they wanted their movie to be, but the way it translated on screen felt aloof and kind of messy.

That's not to say it's bad, in fact, I liked a lot of Horse Girl. It really didn't start feeling jumbled until the ending. I expected something a little closer to the horse girl stereotype I'm familiar with but that's only a small part of Sarah. It's also the most interesting part, like her brief flashback of an accident that permanently injured her friend. Sarah is an interesting character and I enjoyed the glimpses we got into her life. I just wish everything had been a bit more cohesive. 

Alison Brie is very good in this. I think it might be her best performance. She's also a co-writer and you can tell she cared a lot about Sarah and put everything into her performance.  I liked the supporting cast as well, especially Molly Shannon and Matthew Gray Gubler. This is a bit of a nitpick, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how Sarah and Nikki (Debby Ryan) became roommates. I kept waiting for them to address it because Nikki is clearly at least a decade younger and they don't appear to like each other that much at all. It's a nitpick, but it's something I thought about the entire time.

This film is currently streaming on Netflix and I think it's definitely worth the watch, it's just a bit messy.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "It's okay, I'm making an anklet." - Sarah (Alison Brie)

10 comments:

  1. I loved Safety Not Guaranteed and I so nearly watched this last night and ended up watching Peter Rabbit instead. No shame. I'm on a Gleeson binge, haha.
    Definitely looking forward to seeing Horse Girl this week though!

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    1. I hated Peter Rabbit lol but I understand the Gleeson thirst. I hope you like this!

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  2. I wasn't sold on the trailer of Horse Girl, but your review is pushing me to give it a try. I found Safety Not Guaranteed okay, I might be okay with this too.

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    1. I'm still not sure how Safety Not Guaranteed managed to be so good with Colin Trevorrow directing. lol

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  3. I've heard varied opinions on this but I might check it out since I did like Brie's last collaboration with Jeff Baena where she played a nun with Aubrey Plaza.

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    1. Oh the Little Hours? I hated that lol. This was much better.

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  4. I didn't like the trailer but this makes me think I should watch it...

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    1. I can't remember what the trailer was, it was more the Sundance reviews that sold me over that. This is definitely more memorable.

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