Becky movie review & film summary (2020)

Lulu Wilson plays the title character, an angry young lady who likes to shoplift and ignore her father Jeff (Joel McHale). Their road trip to a lake house is intercut with footage of a daring prison escape led by James’ Dominick, steel-eyed and burly, with a swastika tattooed on the back of his head. When Becky and her dogs (Diego and Dora … cute) get to the lake house, the young lady discovers that her father has also invited his girlfriend Kayla (Amanda Brugel) and her son Ty (Isaiah Rockcliffe) for the weekend. You see, Becky’s mom died not that long ago. Well, at least not long enough ago for Becky to be remotely fine with dad moving on. So tension is already high when Dominick and a few of his friends knock on the door looking for a key.

The rest of “Becky” unfolds as you’d expect from the plot description. In fact, it gets rather numbing in its predictability after the cat and mouse are in place and set about trying to find each other. Becky is away from the house when Dominick arrives, which allows her to play with the home invaders like Kevin did in “Home Alone” but with a lot more gore. Becky is simply smarter than her attackers, and she’s able to maneuver around them in ways that, well, lead to death. However, Dominick’s mission is bizarrely undefined (the meaning of the key is purposefully left vague in a way that thinks it’s clever but seems to lower the stakes) and so it becomes a classic good vs. evil tale. In this case, the good is a teen girl and the evil is a group of escaped Nazi convicts. 

The biggest problem is that Becky is a paper-thin vision of an angry teenager with a dead mom. She’s barely even an archetype. It’s not Lulu Wilson’s fault, but it feels like no one ever tried to get under the skin of this title character to add even the remotest amount of development. Dominick gets more in one scene in which he feels like he may have been betrayed by a giant of a man called Apex (an effective Robert Maillet) than Becky does in the entire film. Flashbacks to mom on her deathbed feel cheap and the whole thing reeks of an adult male interpretation of the life of the teen girl. If we don’t care about Becky, the whole venture becomes a hollow enterprise at best.

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