Review: Vincent N Roxxy

Title: Vincent N Roxxy
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Gary Michael Schultz
Starring: Emile HirschZoë KravitzZoey Deutch
Runtime: 1 hr 42 mins

What It Is: After a loner named Vincent (Hirsch) saves a woman named Roxxy (Kravitz) from a beating by a violent drug-dealer (Scott Mescudi) because of money owed, Roxxy unexpectedly accepts Vincent’s offer for him to help her recover. The two of them flee, and live with Vincent’s brother JC (Emory Cohen) and his girlfriend Kate (Deutch) while also trying to stay hidden from most of society. When this plan backfires, however, and their pursuers discover them, Vincent and Roxxy will be forced into a cycle of violence and revenge.

What We Think: Vincent N Roxxy is an odd and jarringly disjointed bit of cinema. For the first two acts or so we are treated to what seems like a redemption story, or perhaps a love story–until the third act throws that whole baby out with the bathwater. The rest is simply a mess. Awfully acted and not particularly well directed, somehow the supposed love/redemption story transforms into something unrecognizable, and not in a good way.  Emile Hirsch is a guy that, especially following Into the Wild, has been less than stellar in the resume department. Deutch was good in this years Before I Fall despite that film’s questionable quality. Emory Cohen, of course, stole the heart of Saoirse Ronan in the wonderful Brooklyn and he was excellent in it. As for this film, I was baffled by its quality–or lack thereof. Also, Scott Mescudi should really just stay with hip hop.

Our Grade: D

Sadly I cannot in good conscience recommend this film. If you really do decide “I need to see this” it is available on Netflix. Either way, there will be better films in the crime genre coming up this year, like Suburbicon or Narcos, which I recommend waiting for instead of watching this.