It’s not often that movies subvert expectations. Take It’s a Disaster. Eight friends meet for a couples’ brunch. Tracy (Julia Stiles) is on her third date with Glen (David Cross). There’s also the hippie couple, Lexi and Buck (Rachel Boston and Kevin M Brennan), the angry couple, Emma and Pete (Errin Hayes and Blaise Miller) and a couple in stasis, Hedy and Shane (America Ferrera and Jeff Grace). Sounds terrible.
Luckily for the audience, a chemical weapon is detonated in the city where they live (Los Angeles), and all the real personalities come out. Hedy, a chemist and teacher, who knows what the weapons are capable of, gets wasted. Some encourage having a three-way. Some go off the rails (Shane, irritatingly).
Cross and Stiles become the de facto center, and they both have the best character moments. When one couple shows up late for the brunch and sick from chemical poisoning, Tracy refuses to unseal the doors and let them in, telling them that if they really wanted to be alive, they’d have been on time. Cross’ character has a final surprise for everyone that’s unexpected and hilarious.
It’s a Disaster is far from perfect—and it’s looks pretty blasé—but it’s the end of the world, so whatever.
IT’S A DISASTER
Written and directed by Todd Berger
With David Cross, Julia Stiles and America Ferrera