Starting From Scratch

Starting From Scratch

This is a film I recently reviewed for Rogue and I loved it so very much that I’m doing the rare non-horror, non-B and below movie review here as well!

I recently had the great pleasure of attending the New Jersey Film Fest at Rutgers University where the film STARTING FROM SCRATCH was playing. I also had the great pleasure of meeting the writer/director, James Huang, who I kid you not might just be the nicest guy on the face of the planet. Seriously, dude was very cool. I also briefly met his wife, Elizabeth Sandy, who co-stars in this film with him.

STARTING FROM SCRATCH is a romantic comedy with a bit of twist – mostly because while it technically is a rom-com, it’s about breaking up, not getting together and there’s the added bonus of there being an IRS audit thrown in. Jake and Ally are both actors who keep repeatedly running into each other at auditions and castings. Before long they’ve fallen in love and have gotten married. Fast track to a year later, where they’re sitting on a therapist’s couch in the midst of a divorce all while being audited by the IRS over a movie they made together that was as Jake puts it “misunderstood”. What follows is an exploration of what happens when financial stress helps to ruin a marriage and what happens in the aftermath of falling out of love.

This happens quite a bit throughout the film...

This happens quite a bit throughout the film…

The film is brilliantly hysterical. I laughed, the whole audience at the film fest was laughing, the entire way through. My personal favorite lines? As Jake is taking out the recycling, a man walks up to him and hands him an envelope and says, “You’ve been served.” to which Jake replies, “Um…so do you like kill me now or do we start break dancing?”. *giggles* As a fan of all dance movies ever made, that was the best thing ever in my book. But the rest of the movie is just as quotable and completely randomly hilarious at times. Jake’s best friend, played by Charles Kim, is a standout – there is nothing his character says that didn’t make me giggle. And Billy Beck as True, the yoga teacher? Yeah…I totally dated that guy in college – one scene in particular was so entirely like a real life moment when I was 18 that I almost completely lost it with the giggling. And that’s the thing, y’all, every character in this film is relatable. You know them and that’s what makes this film so great.

Yep, I so dated this dude in college!

Yep, I so dated this dude in college!

The other thing that makes it’s so great is it’s honesty. It covers all the steps after a breakup from the anger to the denial to the “we’ll get back together, I just know it” to the awkward attempts at rebound sex to the acceptance that it didn’t work. After the film played, there was a Q&A and an audience member asked James and Elizabeth if they had thought about having a different ending than they did. Their reply was that they wanted the movie to be able to say that it’s okay when things don’t always work out.

I’m not a fan of romantic comedies ever. I avoid them like the plague but this is one of the best rom-coms I’ve ever seen and so far this year, I’d go as far as to say it’s one of the best movies of the year. I cannot recommend this movie enough. If you want to find out what all the fuss is about and why you should be watching this movie NOW, head on over to the STARTING FROM SCRATCH website to find out where it’s playing next!

About mistylayne

I'm a Z movie loving, horror hound, Buffy quoting, Dr. Who watching, geekazoid and seeker of all things unusual. I'm a gypsy wanderer, lover of words, Wendy of the damned and all that jazz. What can I say? I'm complicated.

Posted on 2013.4.March, in American Indie and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. good, I think I should watch that romantic comedy but I never had relationship so never had a break up.

    • You can still watch even if you haven’t had the experience. I’ve never been serial killed by a crazy man but I still enjoy those types of movies. 😉

  2. So how many chainsaw decapitations are in it?

  3. Good review. Its always nice to do something different. I’ve been meaning to, but rarely seem to. I did review Dark Knight Rises and Amazing Spider-Man and while not horror I think films like that due appeal to cult cinema fans well to,a certain degree.

    But outside of those 2 and Skyfall oh and Lethal Weapon 3 I stick to a certain style. I think I write better with my typical review. But I also am way more than just that. Perhaps I’ll surprise everyone and go in a new direction for a few reviews.

    • Thanks! 🙂 Yeah, I write reviews for a wide variety, I just have them spread out over different places. It’s like my writing in general – I write so much more than reviews, just not here. 🙂

      • I have like a million things I am working on both here and my own writing. But without a computer it can be tough. I have no choice for the time, but to use my iPad. And sometimes it goes well and other times typo after typo and I get annoyed and stop writing.

        Reviews can also be a bitch sometimes, but I can get it done. Though might take me a little longer than usual. But I’ll have to adjust since right now no computer in my future lol. I blew all my money on replacing films and buying films I wanted. I may not collect as much, but old habits die hard.

      • Yeah, that seems to be the way it goes. I have some new projects in the works that I’ll actually be able to talk about soon, that I’m very excited about. 🙂

        Ah, yeah, that’ll take some getting used to typing on the iPad but after awhile I’m sure you will. 🙂

      • Look forward to hearing about your upcoming projects.

        Well I’ve been using it for a year now lol. I had my computer as well. Until it got ruined, but after a year one would think I would get it by now. I can write on this, but need to type slowly, but you know how it is. The words come so fast you need to keep up with it.

        I’ll get it right someday lol.

      • Thanks. 🙂

        Good point. I usually write long hand first then type it up – maybe that would make it easier? Maybe not but worth a try. 🙂

      • I actually do that from time to time. But then I gotta type it up, which kind of annoys me lol. But I was working on a short story and wrote a few pages long hand. Than typed it up. So every so often I do that.

        I have one review planned for tomorrow. After that I might take sometime off. Actually my last couple (including tomorrows were already written). I’ll probably take a break from posting not counting finished reviews. Those I’ll post. But take sometime off and just focus on one thing at a time. Than have a few things done and I can post them while working on more stuff. This way page stays active and I can write at a slower, but steady pace.

        Perhaps I can even post stories from my old radio show with the guests I had and what went into making the episode. I do have some cool stories from the show.

        My only cool story now is I wrote a review last year for a movie called Vigilante with Robert Forster. Love that film. Vigilante flicks are my favorite. I messaged Rutanya Alda the other day who was in the film and asked her if she would read my review, which she did and really liked my review. So for me that was awesome! Vigilante is one of those reviews I took my time with to get it right.

        Now if only I could get it to the director William Lustig I’d be even happier

      • Taking some time off could be good – breaks are necessary (or so I hear from other people 😉 ). And cool stories from your radio show sounds like a great idea also!

        And very cool! It’s always a blast hearing from the director or an actor in the film you reviewed especially when they like it. 🙂 Very happy-making!


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