Now available on digital today, September 1, 2021, is the critically-acclaimed, inspiring film from the producer of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Joel Soisson), called My Best (Worse) Adventure.
The film was written and directed by Joel Soisson (The Prophecy, A Nightmare on Elm Street II : Freddy’s Revnge, Pulse).
My Best (Worse) Adventure is released by Kaczmarek Digital Media Group.
The film stars newcomers Lily Patra and Pan Rugtawar.
Jenny (Patra) recently lost her mother from an illness, causing Jenny to stop speaking.
Jenny’s stepfather feels that it would be a good idea for Jenny to spend some time with her grandmother who lives in Thailand. Jenny is bitter, angry and is lashing out at her stepfather, so he feels a break would benefit her, as well as give her grandmother a chance to get to know her.
Jenny’s grandmother lives in Thailand – way out in the middle of now where. This won’t be easy for Jenny who resides in a big city.
From the start Jenny is miserable. No one speaks English, and she doesn’t speak their language. Bug eating and sleeping on the floor under a netting is not exactly her idea of fun. To make matter worse, he iPad runs out of power and there is no way of charging it.
Jenny’s grandmother enrolls her in school. Just like at her grandmother’s home, school is not an easy adjustment for her. She doesn’t speak the language (and vice versa) and she finds that some of the children are bullies.
Jenny eventually befriends a poor boy named Boonrod, who also doesn’t seem to fit in at school. He would rather spend his days with his dog and his water buffalo.
Boonrod does not have a happy home life, as his father is an mean, alcoholic who gambles away what very little his family has.
Something happens that brings their friendship even closer, and a climatic event that changes everything.
What happens that changes the lives of young Jenny and Boonrod? Will Jenny ever go back to the United States with her stepfather? And what will become of Boonrod? To find out, check out My Best (Worse) Adventure. Look for it on digital platforms like Amazon, Vudu, Vimeo, FandangoNow, Verizon Cable, Comcast and others today, September 1, 2021.
This film might not be for everyone. There is very little talking (Jenny doesn’t speak for reasons unknown, and I believe Boonrod is a mute). What little talking there is comes from Jenny’s stepfather (only seen briefly in the film) and a few others, but just a sentence or two here and there. There are some subtitles, but very little. This film is mostly about the action on screen rather than the spoken word. That is OK because you don’t always need words to express emotions or validate the action seen on the screen.
This is a beautiful film, but not in the traditional sense. It’s hard to explain, but it definitely left me feeling joyful, with a touch of sadness (but in a good way, if that makes sense?).
The young actors did a fantastic job, especially for their first acting jobs. As I mentioned previously, they don’t speak, but they clearly express their emotions through their faces and actions.
It was interesting to see that even if the farmlands of Thailand there are clashes between the rich and the poor. I honestly didn’t know that there were very rich people in the farmlands of Thailand.
This film touches upon some of the Thailand culture, from prayers to eating insects, and from unique things like buffalo races, to the harsh punishments that can be inflicted at school. It was an interesting glimpse into their culture.
I don’t know what the film is rated, but this is a family friendly film. There is no cursing, sex, nudity, or smoking. Boonrod’s father does inflict physical punishment on him, and Jenny does hit a mean boy several times. And there is a tender kiss that I don’t think would be offensive to children.
The film has a message about family, compassion, and friendship. It’s a sweet film that I think is worth checking out. It’s a refreshing break from the typical film out these days.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to review this film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.