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ON THE COUNT OF THREE (2021, USA) – 6.5 / 10


Kevin (Christopher Abbott) and Val (Jerrod Carmichael is also the film’s director) are best friends who have agreed to commit suicide together. Already in the opening scene we see them holding a gun to each other’s heads (as in the scene copied from the legendary action “Face Off” by John Woo in which Nicolas Cage and John Travolta did the same), but what kind of movie would it be if you were the main protagonists blow their butts right away in the opening minutes. At the suggestion of Kevin, who had just escaped from a psychiatric clinic where he had tried to take his own life the day before, he would agree to kill himself at the end of the day and then embark on an adventure of settling accounts with people from his life.

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We will also find out that a few days earlier he tried to take his own life and Val who just quit his job he hates, and he also interrupted his girlfriend Natasha (Tiffany Haddish). Obviously, they are both depressed, mentally unstable types whose lives did not develop as they had hoped, and the main reason why Kevin decided to postpone suicide was a confrontation with a psychiatrist who abused him as a child. But he is not the only one who owes them, so they will try to use that last day on Earth to settle accounts with many others. Although both Abbot and Carmichael are good in the roles of emotionally drained 30-year-olds who have had enough of the loser that has accompanied them all their lives, I still find this black humor drama / tragicomedy written by Ari Katcher and Ryan Weltch somewhat vague.

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Considering that Carmichael is supposed to be a comedian, it wasn’t as funny and witty as I had hoped and wished, and maybe these films about depressions like the ones in American indie cinema in recent years are already getting on my nerves. In almost every film, the characters of the young or marginal young generation are such depressives, existentially tortured characters who do not see the light at the end of the tunnel and for whom there is nothing beautiful in life. It is also clear to me that such characters are much more cinematic than those who are doing well in life, but as soon as Kevin decided to postpone the plan in the third minute of the film, it could be assumed that it would all unfold.

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