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Eli McAllister, our eleven-year-old hero, is on a quest. He is also setting out to win The Fiesta Cup, a local bowling tournament. Joining him is his famous fashion designer uncle, Sean McAllister (Adrian Grenier.) Sean hasn't spent time with his family - specifically his father - for years. But now he has come home to spend time with his older brother, Eli's father. Thrown into the tournament as his ailing brother's substitute, Sean clashes with his father as old wounds are opened. But instead of reliving the past, they pull together to bowl their best for Eli who stands to lose so much. Funny, sweet and soulful - SEX, DEATH AND BOWLING takes us on a journey to learn that the secret to life is loving what you have - even if it is just a split.
"Sex, Death and Bowling" tells the story of Fashion Designer, Sean McAllister who hasn't been around much the last six years mainly because his fashion career took off. But he is heading home to see his sick brother and the rest of the family including his father and his older brother's son, Eli. Everyone in the family is having a hard time coming to terms with their family member dying but none more so than eleven-year-old Eli. To make matters worse his mom has closed herself off so Eli is sort of left to deal with his pain and confusion alone. And then there's the father who can't face going to see his son and saying his goodbyes.
That is just the tip of the iceberg when talking about "Sex, Death and Bowling." The title seems a little strange but you will understand it once you see the film. The story itself is engaging, heartbreaking, funny, warm and tender. It is a story about losing someone you love, something we all know too well but it is also a story about family and just how important that is to everyone. The story and its characters are captivating, they suck you into their lives and they make you feel like you are a part of the family. That is the kind of film that made me fall in love with cinema in the first place. If you have never been lucky enough to have that feeling now is the time.
"Sex, Death and Bowling" fits a lot of life lessons into its hour and 36 minutes of run time. The film tells us to let your loved ones know how much you care and love them and to live life to the fullest because we all know how short it is. I hope I am not making this sound like a downer because the film does have some very funny moments in it as well. Productions wise the film looks and sounds amazing and the film flows with a great pace.
Lots of credit has to go to Writer/Director, Ally Walker, many know her as an actress but not know will know that this is her second film behind the camera. Ally brings to life an average family dealing with the same problems we have all faced at one time or another and it really hit a chord with me. And then there is the amazing cast, everyone in the film did an incredible job including Selma Blair as Eli's mom, Adrian Grenier as Sean and Joshua Rush who played young Eli. This kid has a very bright future ahead of him. The entire cast is a big reason the film is so powerful.
I was very interested in seeing the film after I watched the trailer but as good as it trailer looked it does the film no justice. This is the kind of film that leaves you thinking about it long after it’s over. If you have a heart beat, you are going to fall in love with "Sex, Death and Bowling." There is so much I can talk about plot wise but I do not want to ruin the film for those that are waiting to see it. "Sex, Death and Bowling" with will in theaters Theatrical (always a target date not set in stone) November 6, 2015 and on Internet Digital VOD & DVD: December 15, 2015. You can follow the film's progress by visiting its Official Site HERE.
"Sex, Death and Bowling” is in a lane all by itself and I cannot recommend seeing it enough.
Released by Monterey Media
***** Out Of *****