Careful What you Wish For (2015)


Careful what you wish For (2015)

Starring: Isabel Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Nick Jonas, Graham Rogers, Kandyse McClure, Paul Sorvino

Plot: A guy gets more than he bargained for after entering into an affair with the wife of an investment banker. Soon, a suspicious death and substantial life insurance policy embroil him in a scandal.

My Review and Thoughts:

Looking past the un-original and tired plot, this plays out like an old school thriller. A twist of sexiness along with solid acting and beautiful cinematography. The movie is nothing new. It’s been done a thousand times, take out the nudity and it’s a TV movie of the week, or a Lifetime Channel film. This has nothing original about it. Surprisingly Nick Jonas did a great job as the, horny teenager being misled. There is a solid cast with cinema veterans such as the wonderful Paul Sorvino as the Sheriff. Dermot Mulroney as the rich husband. Also starring the beautiful Isabel Lucas as the vixen. Starring equally beautiful Kandyse McClure as the lawyer, love her eyes.

The movie is not bad, but it’s not spectacular, it’s just one of those films that if you have time to blow then give it ago. I knew the plot, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what’s happening, or is going to happen. I figured out the plot and most will, in the first 20 minutes. Nick Jonas shows off his buff body, and let’s just say, he is no longer a Disney boy.

Directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosebaum. Besides this film, her first feature length film was Aquamarine in 2006. Besides that, she has done many television shows. This is her first feature since 2006. I feel she has a style that stands out, and still is able to capture the plot through solid directing. I felt she was able to entertain the viewer.

There are some major mistakes that should have been corrected or taken out, and that should go to the editing fault, such as, you can tell often, that Nick Jonas is wearing a microphone box under his shirt. Certain shots are cropped a little too much, in that you can tell they are deliberately staging the actors in moments, so private parts can’t be seen, meaning, it doesn’t seem real, but staged.

This is written by a new comer, Chris Frisina. Mostly a producer of movies and television shows, this being his first script come to life. He also has directed TV and a short film. 

Careful what you Wish For, is not that bad of a story. It does use a tired, un-original plot, but still accomplishes, an entertainment value.

Overlooking the negative aspects of this film, I still was entertained. There is a lot of eye candy for both men and women. The movie plays out like a direct to video feature with someone trying to channel Alfred Hitchcock or Film Noir of the past. Like I say, take out the nudity and it’s a TV movie. Some will like and some will not. I look at this as a late night Drive-in thriller. Solid acting. Solid eye candy. A simple overdone plot, but still held this viewer.