Spontaneous

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6.51 h 41 min2020X-RayR
Mara Carlye's life is forever changed when students in her senior class literally explode for no reason. Mara and her friends stay close together as they await possible combustion - wondering what part of life is worth living.if it might end suddenly.
Directors
Brian Duffield
Starring
Katherine LangfordCharlie PlummerYvonne Orji
Genres
ComedyHorrorDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Hayley LawRob HuebelPiper Perabo
Producers
Brian DuffieldMarc BienstockDon DunnNicki CorteseMax SiemersJordan LevinMatthew SignerAaron StarmerMatt KaplanBrett BouttierScott Levine
Studio
Comedy
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsubstance useviolence
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4387 global ratings

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  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 13% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 10% of reviews have 1 stars
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Rebecca C.Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Why?
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Could have been an OK movie but all the political comments were unnecessary. Heck, the whole movie had political undertones. Why? Why can't I just watch a movie without all that in it. *sigh*
277 people found this helpful
Andrew ClemonsReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Meh
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It had potential but the political nonsense is both districting and unnecessary.
222 people found this helpful
JackReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Well-made, well-acted, hateful toward half its audience
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Well-made and well-acted, I’ll give it that. But the writer/director falls into the common trope of voicing personal thoughts, ideas, and opinions through the main character, which detracts from a tangible human element. The grand message is, of course, life could end at any time and s*** happens, so make the most of it. Except to get to this platinum nugget of Fortune Cookie Wisdom, it requires 102 minutes of hearing how much Trump sucks, “thoughts and prayers” are worthless, and Christians are namby-pamby protesters - as if Mother Teresa never helped victims of tragedy. 99% of humanity before us dealt with death on a daily basis in the forms of wars, invasions, plagues, and all-around medical ignorance, which still pervades. Meanwhile, the writer/director likely grew up in a suburban home as a teenager smoking joints while trying to get laid. Spare me. I don’t have enough eye-rolls for main characters like this girl who whine endlessly about intricate scientific, spiritual, and political matters far beyond our understanding. Please, don’t succumb to somehow believing self-indulgent stories like this are profound.
195 people found this helpful
RDPReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I wish this movie would have exploded instead of the characters.
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The storyline and acting were just plain bad and painfully slow. The woke comments weren't necessary and did nothing for the movie. If I had seen this at a theater I would have asked for my money back.
178 people found this helpful
AmandaReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Dark Comedy/RomCom of 2020
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This is exactly how I imagine some teenagers feel in the chaotic year of 2020 -- anxious, uncertain, existential, and maybe even reckless or depressed.

If you appreciate movies like Jennifer's Body or Zombieland... you'll love Spontaneous. It's totally different than either of those films, but it does have a campy-horror vibe. The main character, Mara, is outspoken and transparent which makes the journey that more exciting and relatable. Love interest, played by Charlie Plummer, is just as fun to watch as the tender, mysterious guy we know him to be from Looking For Alaska. Can I just say that I'm so happy that this generation has their own version of Chad Michael Murray?

There are hilarious moments, awkward moments, horrific moments, and moments of pure sweetness and romance. Not in a cheesy way, either. It captures the complicated transition of moving into adulthood, all while a crisis/pandemic is happening. It speaks to the times; filled with heartbreaking moments that Katherine Langford is so natural at bringing. She shines in this!

*There are a few political comments made. If you don't have an open sense of humor, it's not for you.
95 people found this helpful
StephenReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not funny
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I agree with Jerry Seinfeld, the only sin in comedy is not being funny. This isn't a funny film. It should be a dark comedy. There is potential. But it fails drastically. It tries to be a sad film. It isn't sad either. It fails at drama, comedy, and sadness. Skip. Save your time. Someone make the potential spinoff: Combustion. Make it a dark comedy.

This movie is full of hate towards republicans, religious people, masculinity, heterosexuality, virgins, etc.
No real love towards anything or anyone. Ironically, it's extraordinarily preachy.

The ultimate tragedy is that the main character doesn't have the decency to die in the film. The one thing keeping me watching was the hope she'd explode randomly. Yet the movie couldn't even deliver there.
102 people found this helpful
Scott MeltonReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
"I'm so glad I didn't explode all over you"
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This movie is so surprisingly good. It's such a great idea and unique and the script is absolutely amazing. Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer have great chemistry and were the perfect people to play those roles. Kids spontaneously exploding in high school is the basic plot but with some comedy thrown in. Definitely recommend you watch this!
68 people found this helpful
Film loveReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Comes off as a teen-comedy but is really a sick boring and nauseating mess
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Unless you love self-abuse and death films, I'd rather watch ANY free film than this disaster I wasted $6 on. There's nothing to see here, move along.
83 people found this helpful
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