Movie: Uncertain Terms
Director: Nathan Silver
Description (from Netflix): His marriage is failing and he needs a break, but falling for a pregnant teenager wasn’t part of the plan.
Sometimes Netflix has surprisingly good stuff. Uncertain Terms was rated one star, probably by viewers who wanted something with a little more action or sex scenes. Uncertain Terms might not have been a five-star movie, but it wasn’t a one-star either. For starters, it didn’t feel I was watching a movie. The characters spoke like real people, and they looked like real people
because the actors weren’t Hollywood beautiful or even well known. The only issue I had with the dialogue was that there was a ton of profanity, but I didn’t feel as though it was unrealistic for the characters’ situation. The other two issues I had with the movie were the use of the appallingly disgusting Rhia song “My Neck, My Back” and the fact that the man who fell in love with the
teenager should have known better, but in a way I could sympathize with him based on what little of his backstory I knew.
What I enjoyed most about the movie was that it was on a small scale. The drama took place in a home for pregnant teenagers somewhere in New England (I’m thinking Massachusetts), so the scenery consisted mostly of dense green forests and paths through the woods. Because the pacing was slower, the movie seemed to be longer than it was, and you felt as though you got to know the characters better as a result. The writers erred on the side of using minimal dialogue, which was a nice change of pace from movies that only show off the writers’ “wit” through a bunch of snark. In short, the movie was type of story that I really enjoy writing and reading about: something more low-key but with drama that still manages to cause a great effect, basically the antithesis of superhero movies or stuff with over-the-top CGI and special effects.
Many of the Netflix reviewers who rated the movie one star complained about the ending, but I disagreed. The ending was actually better than what I had predicted, with the main character returning to his wife and the teenage girl awakened to the fact that she had almost gotten hurt in a situation that was rapidly getting out of control. It’s an indie movie, so it’s not going to appeal to the masses, but it’s good to know that at least one director in the world knows that not all movies have to be loud to get their point across.