This would have been a disaster were it not for Domhnall Gleeson who somehow manages to work in his take on the naive nerd looking for true love, who falls for an older married woman (Applegate) only using him for sex to pay back her husband (Hayden Church) for what she perceives is his infidelity. Gleeson's very good performance allows the audience to bear through an almost unbearable and sophomoric script. Kudos to Thomas Hayden Church whose impeccable timing adds needed snap to the dialogue. Editng is notable as well. Gleeson is an impressive actor, and as he (hopefully) stretches himself into more complex roles, will no doubt discover higher ground upon which he can unfold his talent. I'm rating Crash Pad a 5 (avoiding a 1 only because of Gleeson, Church and overall snappy editing). The rest of the cast is wasted on this dog of a a script and 5 is generous. 2017 is going down as one of the worst years for movie releases unless the holiday season comes up big to redeem it.
A hopeless romantic, who thinks he's found true love with an older woman, learns that she's married and that the fling is merely an instrument of revenge against her neglectful husband.
February 2, 2020