The Rental

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Two brothers (Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White) and their girlfriends (Alison Brie, Sheila Vand) rent a gorgeous seaside house over the weekend, but there’s a lot of tension – between them, and because someone is spying on them. Dave Franco’s directing debut gets off to a slow start as it introduces the characters and their relationships, but we are sufficiently intrigued and the cast is fine. The film eventually grows into a slasher thriller, with a very creepy menace who remains an enigma throughout. Very effective (you won’t ever want to rent an apartment online again), and the movie makes great use of misty Oregon locations.

2020-U.S. 88 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Dave Franco, Elizabeth Haggard, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, Christopher Storer, Joe Swanberg. Directed by Dave Franco. Screenplay: Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg. Cast: Dan Stevens (Charlie), Alison Brie (Michelle), Sheila Vand (Mina), Jeremy Allen White (Josh), Toby Huss.

Last word: “I was inspired by my own paranoia about the concept of home-sharing, and thinking about how the country is as divided as it’s ever been, and no one trusts each other, yet we trust living in the home of a stranger because of a few positive reviews online.” (Franco, Indiewire)

 

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