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Written by: Miles Triplett |   Directed by: Miles Triplett |  Genre: Comedy-Romance

 This film starts off with a bang as Gary (Gary Champion) begins ranting to his therapist about how sucky most indie movies are. His therapist, Dr. Dill (Miles Triplett), really doesn’t seem to care or even want to be there. To say this is one whacked-out shrink is an understatement, but the audience will find out more on this much later. Dr. Dill advises Gary to just get out there and talk to people, but as Gary says, “How do you make friends as a grown man?” It’s not like school, and when you work from home as a bill collector, as Gary does, it’s even harder. But Gary takes the advice to heart and first tries to befriend his Lyft driver with hilarious consequences. Eventually, he meets a woman in the park, and at first, she runs off but ends up meeting up with him shortly after in front of Dr. Dill’s office. Alexis (Lanee Bond) is the woman, and she has Attention Deficit Disorder. A match made in heaven?

 Gary confides in Alexis that the only person he’s ever been able to talk to without getting so nervous he’s immobilized is Kayla (Candice Bradley), his high school girlfriend. The two split up for reasons explained in the final act of the film, but for now, Alexis vows to help him find her again. Gary happily agrees, and the two start their adventure in search of Kayla. Now, eventually, the two end up at Kayla’s parent’s house in search of the missing ex-girlfriend, but one question kept bothering me. Why didn’t Gary just go there himself a long, long time ago if he wanted to find Kayla? He doesn’t suffer anxiety around Kayla’s family, so why did he not go? This was the one issue with Social that I couldn’t stop thinking about.

 For me, although Gary and Alexis are played wonderfully by Gary Champion and Lanee Bond, the standout performances have to be from Miles Triplett and Josephine Sun as Tracey. You could honestly make another whole movie based on those two characters. But as far as this film goes, there was a lot of laugh out loud moments for me, and I liked the way that by the end, Gary’s nervousness does a complete 180 when it comes to the two women in his life. That was a great touch. As for story, Social delivers a solid rom-com that mostly sticks to the tried and true formula. As soon as we met Alexis at the start of the movie, I knew how this was going to end. That doesn’t mean the journey wasn’t fun to watch though.

 Even though Miles Triplett’s Social feels a little unbalanced sometimes, it’s still plenty fun to watch. A slight shave to the length probably would have helped polish up some of the few slower scenes, but there was never a time I actively wished the movie would end. Social may be an indie film, but it’s an indie film done well. Four out of five stars, and thank you for reading.

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