Im going to share with you guys one of my secret obsessions. I love finding quirky, low budget, indie romantic comedies on Netflix and watching them by myself. It doesn’t seem healthy, I know, but it helps me pass the long nights alone in my hotel rooms, or random days when I boredom wins out over productive reasoning. Plus the typical subject matter of these babies can lead to awkward moments with friends, family, or significant others.
This stellar movie “Kissing Cousins” is a prime example. This flick has all the makings of a perfect indie romocomido. The cast is relatively unknown, Rebecca Hazlewood is the only one I recognized, and that was from the short lived “Outsourced” (the TV show that coincidentally is based on another amazing indie roco by the same name). The premise is original, a guy once jaded by love distances himself from his family and all relationships, and builds a business (literally) around heart break. Best of all, and what I love about these types of films, the plot devices are questionable and somewhat uncomfortable. In this case, the main character, Amir, reconnects with an old cousin he hasn’t seen in 20 years, Zara. In an effort to prove to his friends that he does not have bad relationship karma in the weeks leading up to his best friends wedding, Amir and Zara pretend to be in a relationship, not a familial one, but a romantic one. This brings up some strange feelings for both parties, leading to my favorite quote of the movie “its acceptable in some cultures.” It is as sweet as it is uncomfortable, and a must watch for the nerdy, indie movie lover in us all… I do not, however, suggest this as a family viewing.
Go forth nerds, and enjoy.