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Your worst nightmare. You go away on an amazing vacation, and your house sitter does everything you can imagine - that they shouldn't. Drinks all your booze, has sex on your bed, steals from you and yes - even goes through your knickers. The house sitter from hell for sure - but even worse? They clean up and present themselves perfectly, and when you get home - you probably even tip them. This is the story of Annabelle the house sitter, her boyfriend Simon and the perfectly named lady burglar - Cat.
To be fair, Cat doesn't truly make her appearance until later in the film, save an unexpected drop-in early on. This is Annabelle's story. The life of a very low level criminal. One who house sits to plunder her clients - and live a life far beyond her means. She's always careful on what she takes, small things, so as not to be discovered. The real fun starts when her boyfriend Simon shows up. It's all fun and games, sex and drinking - all the way until they discover they've been recorded by a families security system. What follows is a showcase of bungling second to none. Simon isn't all that bright but then again, either is Annabelle.
As their situation deteriorates to an incredibly bad one, cat burglar Cat reenters their lives promising a better way to do things. A better way to be criminals - and a chance to start fresh in a new place. The plot of "Homesitters" isn't terribly unique, but gets the job done as a showcase for comedic bumbling and teenage jokes. I'll admit... I laughed quite a bit as I've always loved a good, bad/crude joke. As for the film itself? If this is type of comedy is your thing... you'll love it.
As a low budget indie flick, honestly, "Homesitters" presents itself quite well. There are parts that look exactly how you'd expect, but for the vast majority, "Homesitters" looks pretty darn good. Hell, it even sounds pretty good. All held together by what I call a fun edit, it's not hard to turn a casual glance into a full blown movie viewing experience. By that, I mean if you happened across this film somewhere, there's a good chance you'd leave it playing. By no means is everything perfect, but only the hard core movie buff will truly pick away at this flick.
Regarding the acting itself? Hit and miss really - but because of the content and nature of the movie itself, even the misses blend well. It's clear the cast had a good time with this one, clear in the simplicity of a good time presented onscreen. It's a funny thing. Even when our characters do bad things, or plot and scheme to do worse, it all comes across as harmless. A fun time by young people. With different actors, things could have quickly became creepy and downright wrong feeling. They didn't. Amelia Newbould and Stewart O'Reilly as our leads have a strange chemistry. Almost innocent, even when performing their dastardly deeds. And Ellen Man as Cat, is just so damn weird that she's great. Perhaps not Oscar worthy, but the performances were definitely good enough for me.
When it's all said and done, Will Terran's film hit the spot. Some fun comedy showcased within a film that demands not to be taken all that seriously. "Homesitters" reminds us that not every plot has to do with saving the world, sometimes the smaller stories can be just as entertaining. Perhaps even hit home a little more. I definitely enjoyed my time with this one... a solid three and a half stars.