Movie Review - Sollers Point
McCaul Lombardi (Patti Cake$ and American Honey) is the centerpiece as Keith, a 20-something convict. His exact, legal troubles are never explained, but he is at the beginning on house arrest in his father's place. He has an ankle bracelet. He's had the bracelet for a year and he's a week or so away from getting it taken off. Once he does, he goes around to people he knew before being in prison. He talks about finding a job and trying to get back on his feet. It doesn't take long though for him to start selling drugs, which is presumably the crime for which he was arrested.
According to the Pew Research Center, the national average for recidivism is 43-percent. According to the National Institute of Justice, in over half the United States, the recidivism is about 70-percent. Since this film is about Keith trying to take classes to learn the trade of air conditioning or find odd jobs with recycling metal or working a lawnmower, this movie could be a comment on the idea of recidivism and issues surrounding ex-convicts trying to readjust to life outside prison, but Keith comes across as mostly lackadaisical or not as committed to reforming his life. His mindset feels somewhat apathetic.
Otherwise, the film just follows Keith as he drifts from moment to moment. He has several encounters with various women. There appears to be two that are more significant than the rest. One involves a possible girlfriend named Courtney, played by Zazie Beetz (Atlanta and Deadpool 2). Keith being incarcerated prompted their break-up, but she has a dog of which he wants custody and could have been his dog prior to incarceration. The other woman is Jessie, played by Everleigh Brenner. She's a stripper that works at a club that Keith frequents. He also has sex with her occasionally at a cheap motel nearby. He appears to have feelings for her or at least he tries to spend more time with her. Unfortunately, his relationship with either woman isn't developed enough for us to care or understand either.
Porterfield also throws in a subplot involving some white guys who look a little too old to be gangsters, but they are thugs who try to pull Keith back into the drug game. For some reason, these thugs are upset over Keith's separation or distancing from them. These thugs proceed to attack Keith or go after him anytime they see him. It adds a level of excitement to an otherwise inconsequential, slice-of-life movie.
Rated R for language, drug content and sexual material.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 41 mins.
Available on Amazon Prime.