Matthew C. Vella
Matthew C. Vella
I would love to write that "She's Not Your Type" has some profound message of divine truth. That Matthew C. Vella's short film contains some kind of message about preconceptions or stereotypes. Or perhaps there's some overt commentary involving the nature of being different and running to your own personal beat of the drum. Maybe, just maybe, there is some of all that mixed into this ten-minute coffee house adventure - or maybe this flick is the perfect example of one thing and one thing only. Being a little silly and having a good time. In that respect, "She's Not Your Type" hits the bullseye, and if you're asking if I laughed... I most definitely did.
The truth is that this is a pretty funny short film. It centers on Barry introducing his new girlfriend, Alex, to a few of his friends. The setting is innocent enough, a coffee shop or small restaurant of sorts - the perfect place to introduce people, right? But things are not going quite the way you would expect; Alex is a little different, and using the term "a little" is an understatement. She's actually wholly insane, making her introduction to a more or less conservative group of friends all the funnier. You could argue that opposites attract but man, oh man... you'll get it when you watch it. But should you watch it? Yes, reader, you most definitely should.
I'll say little on the technicalities of this film because honestly? It all looks and sounds pretty darn good save an audio glitch right at the start - which I'm sure will probably be fixed. It's crisp, clear, and does exactly what writer, director Matthew C. Vella intends. The shots highlight the absurd comedy of the film and let's leave it at that. This isn't your average hand-held indie movie, there's some care put into this flick, and it shows. I also can't help but mention the acting because the character portrayals, actions, and reactions feel perfectly suited to the story. If I had to pick out one thing I would have liked to have seen, it would have to be more reactions from the other patrons in the coffee house.
So there you have it. You may think there's some message hidden within the antics of these characters, some statement of importance, or a commentary involving the reversal of guy/gal cliches - but there probably isn't. This movie is just meant to be laughed at—something to have a good time with while watching. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that - it's pretty cool, actually. I laughed. I groaned. I laughed some more. "She's Not Your Type" hit the spot and is definitely recommended viewing - especially if you're having a less than stellar day and need a pick me up—three and a half stars.