Dinner in America

Director: Adam Carter Rehmeier
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 2.0

Chain-smoking hooligan Simon (Kyle Gallner), on the run from the authorities (for damaging property ... among other things), happens to meet dorky junior college dropout Patty (Emily Skeggs) in an alleyway, she asks him to take her to a concert because her favorite band, PSYOPS, is the opening act ... and then it turns out the two of them have more in common than originally thought.  It tries too hard to be "controversial" with its casual use of no-no words (which landed it briefly in movie jail) but I was mostly put off by the grossly exaggerated "acting" going on and the way so many conversations turn into screaming (and violence) - once Rehmeier cools it with his Todd Solondz-ish need to provoke the audience, there really is a pretty sweet love story at its core.  Imagine if Deb from Napoleon Dynamite turned out to be secretly infatuated with Jay from Clerks: no one would expect that relationship last, but you know what Paula Abdul sang about in the late 80's ("she makes the bed and he steals the covers").