Title: Walk of Shame Director: Steven Brill Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 35m
“After losing an audition for her dream job, Meghan Miles, a Los Angeles TV news anchor, goes out for an uncharacteristic night of partying. She awakes in a stranger’s bed to a phone message announcing the job is hers, if she can make it to the news station by time of broadcast. Stranded in an unknown area without money, a phone, and a car, Meghan - clad in a provocative yellow dress - embarks on a series of misadventures. As she races to the most important job interview of her life, she finds herself among drug dealers and hookers - all while being pursued by the LAPD, an angry taxi driver, and a young kid with an attitude.”
1:47 - Trust me to laugh at the one where he walks into a pole. 2:41 - “No one looks at those YouTube things anymore.” 5:49 - Carpocalypse!! 10:35 - It’s quite a yellow dress! 13:24 - “Stay stuck for a second.” “That won’t be hard, I can’t move.” 20:25 - Cat in or out of the box. So Schrodinger. 26:09 - It’s a comedy, sure, but this is a properly scary situation. 30:59 - Eye in the sky’s advice to beat the traffic? “Get a helicopter!” 33:56 - Wow, she can run in high heels. Amazing. 38:20 - No one does remember numbers in this day and age. 39:15 - “We’re more like hood-adjacent.” 53:45 - She got kicked off a bus that has her picture on the back! 58:12 - Call Me Maybe, a possible hate crime. Ha. 1:05:16 - “She’s like a criminal beacon.” 1:15:02 - Who knew Carpocalypse was going to be a plot point! 1:25:45 - Those feet, oof.
I love Elizabeth Banks, so was quite excited to see that she had the main role in this film, rather than being supporting cast. We were looking for something easy and short, and that’s exactly what this one is. Banks is great, she holds the whole thing together and considering how much screen time she has, it’s an impressive feat. Her two friends were fun, and James Marsden was a refreshing take on the bartender love interest.
The rest of the film was entertaining but not really very original. Everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, and there are a few surprises along the way but mostly it was pretty predictable. In some scenes, it was a bit too gross for me and I had to hide behind a cushion - the massage one in particular, ew.
Although it may not be redefining the genre or anything, it was still fun and did the job we were hoping - entertain and have a happy ending!