Sarah (Stefanie Sparks) is a respected fashionista putting on a polished facade for all to envy. Her projection of perfection and overconfidence comes to a screeching halt after a freak accident results in a hysterectomy. Suddenly, her entire world and carefully crafted persona crumble. She experiences a disturbing psychotic break that unsettles those who are closest to her. That’s when Melinda (Jenni Ruiza), her co-worker and aspiring stand-up comic, offers a helping hand.
While Sarah spends her time compulsively lying in a desperate attempt to join New York’s superficial high society, Melinda is simply keeping it real. She’s confident in her own skin, eats what she wants and wears fun clothes that express her colorful personality. When Sarah’s phony friends bail on her, Melinda surprisingly has her back.
“…projection of perfection and overconfidence comes to a screeching halt after a freak accident results in a hysterectomy.”
Through a series of bawdy, embarrassing, crude, alarming, and insightful events, as well as Melinda’s genuine friendship, Sarah becomes more honest and comfortable with herself. In the end, we even understand why she was so irrationally obsessed with keeping up appearances.
Sparks strives to capture Amy Schumer’s brutal and brazen veracity coupled with the visceral raunchy humor seen in groundbreaking female-centered comedies like Bridesmaids. Unfortunately, the filmmaker falls short, leaving viewers mildly amused and underwhelmed.
In Case of Emergency (2018) Written and Directed by Stefanie Sparks. Starring Stefanie Sparks, Jenni Ruiza, Andrea Morales, Annapurna Sriram, Phoebe Robinson, and Catherine Curtin.
6 out of 10 stars