Friday, April 21, 2017

Now on Netflix: Tramps (2017)

Tramps (2017) - Written and Directed by Adam Leon; Starring Callum Turner, Grace Van Patten, Mike Birbiglia, Michal Vondel.

By Kenny Howell

Two troubled young adults try to track down a misplaced briefcase for some shady people in this intriguing romantic drama now on Netflix.

Danny (Callum Turner) is just trying to get by and stay out of trouble when he receives a call from jail. It's his brother on the other end, and while he is locked away for a bit, he needs something done. He was supposed to exchange a briefcase with a woman on a train platform, and he now needs Danny to take care of it, which he desperately doesn't want to do. Danny's Polish mother convinces him that he needs to take care of family, so he ends up reluctantly agreeing.  

Also involved in the briefcase is exchange is Ellie (Grace Van Patten), a girl who used to work in a strip club and is trying to get back on her feet. The two meet and team up for the exchange, but Danny gets the wrong woman. After the exchange and realizing the mistake, the two must use a pill bottle in the woman's bag to track her down and get the briefcase back. Over that time, the two start to fall for each other, and the deadline to get the briefcase back to its rightful owner puts things in jeopardy.

The key to why Tramps works is the organic nature with which the romance blossoms. Turner and Van Patten don't have amazing chemistry, they both just seem so natural and writer-director Adam Leon isn't in a rush to hit the romantic high points, risking pushing some forced chemistry intstead of letting it develop. Leon has a calm hand and just lets it unfold the way it should, allowing Turner and Van Patten to do what they need to do. It's slight, but effective, and makes this indie film a nice little find.

Tramps is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***

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