Shithouse ★★★½

ZFF 2020 #16

I'd love to see the version of this that doesn't cut the character played – and, let's face it, probably inspired – by the writer/director quite as much slack, not least because we'd likely get an ending that is less of a cop-out.

That said, however, Shithouse has a lot of charm and some very valid things to say about friendship and growing up. Plus, its comedy mostly worked for me. (Credit where credit is due: that stuffed dog had some great comedic timing.) I might have loved it more if I'd seen it around 2013-ish, but all in all, it's a very enjoyable throwback.

Side note: the mum's Pod Save America t-shirt is a beautiful piece of minature characterisation.

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