Sometimes when I see a trailer for a film, I don’t actually want to watch the film in its entirety because I know it will be just a little too reflective. I like my movies and television to offer an escape from my reality, not shine a light on my own ridiculousness.
When I first saw the trailer for Jammed, I couldn’t help but laugh–mostly because white people dancing is hilarious, but also because if I’m going to look into the mirror of media, humor softens the blow.
Jammed is a very funny, and strikingly realistic portrayal of what it’s like for those of us that seem to be stuck in the generation between Millennials and Gen X-ers. Grown up, having adult relationships, but still looking for ways to occasionally recapture our youth on the weekends, only to realize you can’t force nostalgia–no matter how many recreational drugs are involved.
Novice filmmaker Rachel (Leah Rudick) and her buttoned-up boyfriend, Evan (David Bly), take a weekend trip to a three day jam band festival to film a documentary about the up and coming band The Epic Concept before they get “like, too main stream, man.”
Rachel tells Evan on the way to the show, of course when they are well on the road, running late, and past the point of turning around, that her ex-boyfriend, Mike, will be there too. Nothing says love like trapping your partner into an awkward drug filled weekend of bad music, fake hippies, and your ex. Add to that that Evan loses Rachel’s filming gear, and you have the perfect comedic storm of a strait-laced guy stumbling through probably the most uncomfortable weekend of his life, surrounded by people who only seem to speak bad hippie lingo.
There is a certain buoyancy to Jammed that gives the film a unique tempo I’ve not found in other films. There are times when you feel on the precipice of tragedy, or at the very least like you want to walk away and give Rachel and Evan some privacy, but humor expertly breaks the tension. Those intimate moments subtly drive the character development without actually diving into character history. This is a testament not just to the actors, but the writer and director, as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jammed. Maybe because I spent too much time with hippies when I was younger and Rachel’s character really resonated with me on an organic level, or maybe because I know what it’s like to want to recapture your youth with a weekend music festival and recreational drug use.
Camicia Bennett: Founder of The Well Written Woman, Florida Native and cerebral creature, she loves her husband, yoga, red wine, potty humor, swearing superfluously and putting hats on her dog. If given her druthers she’d be surfing the web and writing randomness from someplace sunny and tropical whilst sipping her favorite vino. Oh wait, that’s exactly what she does.You can find her randomly sharing her own brand of slightly pretentious propaganda at her personal blog.