Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Thomas Haden Church, Christina Applegate
Director: Kevin Tent
Running Time: 93 mins
Crash Pad is an American film about a young man who, after being dumped by a married woman he had been sleeping with, gains a new roommate in the form of the woman’s husband.
It may be silly, but I had a whale of a time with Crash Pad. A fast-paced, fun-loving and action-packed comedy complete with lots of laughs and a super energetic cast, the film is a heap of fun to watch, delivering light-hearted entertainment from start to finish.
There’s a lot that makes Crash Pad an oddly charming film, but nothing more so than the performances, particularly by Domhnall Gleeson and Thomas Haden Church. Starring as roommates who both have had a relationship with Christina Applegate, the pair are a brilliantly odd couple, and their chemistry is second to none throughout the movie.
With a fantastically weird relationship that actually sees Haden Church, Applegate’s husband, siding with the young man who had an affair with her, the film always feels a little on edge with this seemingly warped version of reality, but that only plays into its enjoyably manic atmosphere.
Beyond the excellent performances, one of the areas where Crash Pad really soars is in its deliriously fast pacing. From the very first scene, the film moves at a much, much faster speed than your average comedy, only ramping up further and further as the bizarre situation the three main characters find themselves in only becomes more unhinged.
Perhaps ‘thrilling’ isn’t the right word, but such is the speed and fun of this movie that I was genuinely on the edge of my seat throughout, loving every minute as Gleeson and Haden Church’s relationship flipped back and forth between bizarrely chummy to outright insane, while poor Applegate is left to deal with both of their juvenile idiocy.
In short, Crash Pad is a hugely entertaining movie, and a perfect example of fun-loving, light-hearted and fast-paced comedy. It may be silly and simple, but it’s so full of energy that it’s impossible not to love, particularly with a collection of brilliant performances from the leads. So, that’s why I’m giving it a 7.7 overall.