The Final Girls

The Final Girls

The Final Girls is a movie that is unsure of itself in terms of what it wants to be. On the one hand, it tries to emulate the self-aware satirical nature of a Scream film through its commentary of the summer camp slasher sub-genre (which is quite literally represented by the characters of the film jumping inside of the screen to become part of the film that they’re watching – thus making it a movie-within-a-movie) while also trying to be a sincere piece of media that wants to explore themes of grief and keeping the memory of a loved one alive. However, the movie tends to fail in both departments because of its writing which can neither commit to one theme, nor is competent enough to strike a balance between them.

The piece of media that The Final Girls resembles most is the first season of Fox’s Scream Queens which is an absurdly hilarious satire of the college slasher which manages to remain consistently compelling throughout because of its commitment to not taking itself too seriously. However, despite this, that first season managed to craft compelling, and memorable characters as well as hitting some emotional beats successfully. What I’m trying to say is that the “dramatic” moments in Scream Queens works because these “dramatic” moments are equally as absurd as the rest of the season, unlike The Final Girls which has to juggle between its two conflicting tones. The closest The Final Girls gets to emulating this absurdity is in the character of Kurt (played by Adam DeVine) whose crass, juvenile vulgarity is perhaps the only saving grace of an otherwise unenjoyable 92-minute movie. I’m usually a prude when it comes to characters like Kurt however, so I guess either DeVine’s delivery of his lines were great, or the movie numbed my mind to the point where anything he said was inadvertently funny.

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