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By Alan Ng | April 11, 2020

There are days when nothing goes right, and sometimes those days extend to an entire chapter of one’s life. In Debra Eisenstadt’s Blush, it’s Cathy’s (Wendi McLendon-Covey) life that’s not quite going the way she expected. It’s not a matter of bad luck for Cathy, but more how her simple, unexciting life decides on its own to unravel out of control.

Cathy is your typical suburban mother, married to Matthew (Steve Little) with a teen daughter Tara (Kate Albers). The problem is Cathy is utterly oblivious to the fact she’s going through a mid-life crisis. The story picks up with Cathy housesitting for her sister Gail (Catherine Curtin) and her feral housecat for a few days.

“…suffering a severe laceration from the feral housecat…two new friends bond over a prescription painkiller and night of clubbing…”

After suffering a severe laceration from the feral housecat, Cathy meets Gemma (Christine Woods), one of her sister’s neighbors. The two new friends bond over a prescription painkiller and night of clubbing. Speaking of nightclubbing, after an argument, Gemma ditches Cathy and gets into a severe car accident during the quick getaway.

Cathy rushes back to Gemma’s husband, Paul (Graham Sibley), urging him to get to the hospital, while she volunteers to watch their teenage son, Xander (Max Burkholder). Now is when the wheels of Cathy’s life start to swerve out-of-control, but at a nice controlled speed of thirty-five miles an hour—she’s not quite aware it’s happening.

Blush (2020)

Directed and Written: Debra Eisenstadt

Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Steve Little, Christine Woods, Kate Alberts, Graham Sibley, Catherine Curtin, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…left her directionless in life and vulnerable..."

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