Review: Plan B

Combining the best elements of modern-day struggles for teenage girls and the one-night-from-hell genre, Natalie Morales’ Plan B showcases a duo of young actresses and a whip smart script to deliver a fabulously entertaining journey.

Kuhoo Verma and Victoria Moroles star as best friends Sunny and Lupe. Both women are prepping for their futures but are dealing with the struggles from their parents. Sunny’s mother Rosie (Jolly Abraham) is overbearing and overprotective, while Lupe’s father Pastor Pedro (Jacob Vargas) doesn’t understand her style and direction in life. The two girls are on the same wavelength with each other.

When Rosie announces she is going out of town for the weekend, Lupe uses the opportunity to throw a party and invites Sunny’s crush Hunter (Michael Provost) in a hope she will lose her virginity. The girls get too drunk and Hunter takes off. In her desperation, Sunny haphazardly sleeps with classmate Kyle (Mason Cook). When the girls recover the next morning, the two seek out a plan B pill to preempt a potential pregnancy.

From there, the two women are thwarted, run into misadventures and roadblocks at every turn, while crazier and crazier situations keep happening, both good and bad.

Much like Booksmart before it, the two main characters are not socially cool, but are not the school outcasts or punching bags. Their lack of popularity drives the narrative and they never seem too enamored with the idea of climbing the social ladder. The character’s intelligence also shines through as they both prove their worth, despite being out of touch with some parts of the outside world. The ladies also have inside jokes that extend well beyond the timeline of the film, lending further credence to their friendship.

No one of the two actresses dominates the other. The characterizations are drastically different on paper, but are woven similarly and reinforces their bond. Verma plays the more naive of the two, but it doesn’t mean she is a cliche. She thinks through her actions and confidently approaches each situation with the attention to detail. Her eyes burst off the screen as she exudes an unteachable charisma.

Moroles’ character is outwardly flashier, but she keeps enough hidden to give her mystery. Lupe is a constant ball of sarcasm, but when she is around her friend or her romantic interest, her exuberant smile comes out and she turns to a level of innocence otherwise concealed. She has the more complete narrative and gives a slightly stronger performance.

The rest of the cast is filled with familiar faces in memorable parts. Cook has honed his skills as the repressed motormouth, while Provost proves to be a solidly sensitive romantic lead. The two most famous faces appear on screen for only a few moments: Jay Chandrasekhar as a moral pharmacist and Rachel Dratch as an exasperated sex-ed teacher. The rest of the cast are relative unknowns, though all perform admirably.

In her directorial debut, Morales shows confidence in her actors and a real flair for visuals. Her comedic and sitcom experience serves her well as each actor has their chance to be funny without constantly joking. The script by Joshua Levy and Prathiksha Srinivasan comes by the comedy naturally with silly situations rather than one-liners and punchlines.

If your looking for a fun time with great young actors, look no further than Plan B. This film could end up becoming the springboard for a number of highly successful careers in front of and behind the camera.


Score: 4.0/5.0

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