The Binge is set in a time where all drugs and alcohol are illegal, the only day one can participate in the “fun” is on Binge Day.
In a 12 hour window, they get to drink, drink, and drink. The film opens with a voice-over by Morgan Freeman while images of mayhem flash across the screen showing us the overall bad behavior of society. To solve the problem the government passes a law that allows everyone to binge for 12 hours. That’s right they get to drink, drink, and drink. Principal Carlsen(Vince Vaughn) gives a speech to deter the students from drugs and alcohol that border on humiliation, bullying, sarcasm and caring but I leave that judgment to the viewer. Vaughn brings his fast-paced dialogue style to a role well written for him and is always fun to watch. Encountering Griffin in the locker room he reinforces his position as Griffin agrees wholeheartedly with his viewpoint.
The story centers around three high school students Griffin (Skyler Gisondo), his best friend Has(Dexter Darden), and Andrew (Eduardo Franco) all with different agendas for joining the binge. Griffin reluctantly agrees to go when he finds out his childhood crush Lena(Grace Van Dien) Principal Carlsen’s daughter is attending and see it as the perfect opportunity to tell her how he feels and invite her to prom. Hags see it as a chance to gain popularity and become a legend by entering the contest to see who can drink the most.
Of course, to get into the ultimate party event one needs a coveted wristband. They visit the school’s outcast Andrew who has nefarious connections to achieve the coveted merchandise. Andrew a borderline psychotic with social issues lives with a mother who shows her love by burning a cigarette on his tongue. The boys have no choice but it comes with a price since Andrew insists on being their wingman for the night. An uneven script at times and if some lines seem forced others will have you laughing hard, for folks who like satire and comedy relax and go with the flow.
Overall The Binge” is a riotous romp of youthful abandonment and teenage angst. A coming of age story, of friendship, loyalty, love, and overcoming your fear.
I don’t know how much of an impact it will have on the young people of today. But I hope it would it give them some slight pause especially when so much of our society is governed by the social media influence.
The film stars Skyler Gisondo, Dexter Darden, Eduardo Franco, Vince Vaughn, Grace Van Dien, Tony Cavalero, Zainne Saleh , Marta Piekarz, Esteban Benito, Brittany Garms, Natalie Goldberg, Affion Crockett, Elon Gold, Jessica Kirson, Godfrey and Eileen Galindo.
THE BINGE is directed by Jeremy Garelick and written by Jordan VanDina premieres on HULU August, 28th.