Spoiler Alert – movie review

As the title suggests, the outcome of Spoiler Alert is obvious at the start of the film. The film charts a 13-year love story between two guys.

Michael Ausiello (Jim Parsons) is a sensitive journalist who writes about TV shows. As a child, he dreamed about a sitcom with him at the centre and his family filling the other roles. He’s a hard worker, someone driven by his job and hardly a social butterfly. But one day, a flamboyant gay colleague invites him to a bar. After initially turning him down, Michael begrudgingly agrees. There he meets muscular and assured photographer Kit Cowan (Ben Aldridge). Although very different, the chemistry between them is unmistakable.

The film showcases their resulting relationship, complete with highs and lows. After Kit is briefly hospitalised, Michael meets his parents, who aren’t aware their son is gay. But far greater hurdles lie ahead.

Combining heart and humour, Spoiler Alert is an emotional and affecting journey. The harsh reality of the story gives it extra bite and power. Director Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) ensures the film is imbued with pathos. Writers David Marshall Grant and Dan Savage craft a thoughtful script from (the real) Michael Ausiello’s best-selling memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies.

I appreciated the nuance and quirks that Parsons brings to Michael. He introduces him as a person who cares deeply. As Kit, Ben Aldridge comes across as somewhat of a devilish charmer … much more of a “player”. Sally Field is a scene stealer as Kit’s mum Marilyn – an effervescent and hyperactive chatterer. She shines.

Although largely predictable, Spoiler Alert strikes a chord and deserves to find an appreciative audience.

Alex First

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