Today we’re talking about the 2020 film The Sleepover.
The main plot seemed to be that the kids needed to save their parents… except they didn’t need to nor did they save them.
Someone took a bad “I’m a secret spy” movie and mushed it with a decent Adventures in Babysitting ripoff.
There’s nothing I dislike more than having competent kids end up being useless.
Chekhov would be very disappointed in the laser pen and alarm underwear.
There were two characters out of 7 that actually got a story arc and growth. The rest were just there to prop up the plot and make jokes. Mim started out as an amazing and fun character but had to be toned down to make the main girl look more awesome. The dad was goofy and fun and then he became a complete idiot.
The dialogue wasn’t bad. A lot of over acting, but that was a bonus in this genre. It wasn’t particularly great but not bad.
Visuals and Music
This movie was stylish and had some impressive action scenes. It also had a significant amount of vomit which loses it points in my book.
The music was good and had a small moment of great, but overall was derivative.
There were times I enjoyed the movie, but the complete lack of agency in the kids at the end and the vomit scene really took my enjoyment away.
This movie wanted real hard to be a spy movie and then forgot to do anything like a spy movie. The excellent actors were underused, characters were changed for plot, and the awkward bodily humour wasn’t much fun.
Final Score: 1 star out of 5