Surprise Me! (2017)

Comedy, General Film

Director: Nancy Goodman

Writer(s): Nancy Goodman

Starring: Jonathan Bennett, Nicole Sullivan, Fiona Gubelmann, Sean Faris, Heidi Johanningmeier, DuShon Monique Brown, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Melissa Carlson, Robyn Coffin, Giota Trakas, Arianna Lexus, Brian Boland, Brian King, Simeon Henderson, Heidi Kurzejka, Keith Kupferer, Elizabeth Argus, Robert Galati, Ava Morse, Alona Leoine, Christopher Kahler, Ralph Alexander, Charlie Strater, Cheryl Graeff, Jessica Dean Rose, Mia Moore, Michael Collins, Chris Rickett, LaShawn Banks, Jennie Moreau, Thomas Lounsbury, Anne Jacques, Jin You, Kelly Maryanski, Alex Goodman, Ryan Breig, Receptionist, Leonard Kipnis, Alana Goodman, Larry Stern, Patricia Dolins, Linda Blumenthal, Sam Goodman, Paul M. Allodi, Michael Isaac, Sara Dolins, Consuella Hollins, Randy Schuster, Janene Chrisp-Curry, Hans Dieter Wolff

Synopsis: What if pain was merely a set up for the ultimate surprise party? Genie Burns, owner of Surprise Enterprise, masterminds off the wall surprise parties in nobody would-suspect-it locations. Here she takes crazy risks but in her love life, she plays it safe. Her partner Steven, who hilariously calls her out on every issue she owns, is gay which makes him safe. Danny, her friend from college would be perfect for her but she keeps him in the friend zone. Along comes Jeff, everything she avoids, but his charm and depth draw her in. Is he the right one because he challenges her fears, or the wrong one because he implodes them? And why, she asks, are cereal boxes summoning her in the night! Meanwhile, Surprise Enterprise is hired by an anonymous Hollywood producer to throw a surprise wedding for his intended bride. Genie must get the bride down the aisle without knowing she’s the bride. Her plan is to have him pretend he’s filming a movie with a wedding at the end, giving his girlfriend a role. But as Genie plans the wedding, everything seems to go wrong, and her own life begins to take turns. In the end, what’s real in life screams…. Surprise!

Release Date: April 27, 2017 (USA) | Length: 120 min | Genre: Comedy | MPAA Rating: NR

Note: Premiered at the 2017 Manhattan Film Festival. I had the time on this movie listed as 120 min but IMDB has it at 90 min. I don’t know which one is correct.