Movie Review: The Drop
Hulu's dark comedy starts with a baby fumble, but quickly explores the quirks of middle-aged Millennials.
We’re all kind of ridiculous, few things work out perfectly — and sometimes you drop a baby.
Such is the thesis of “The Drop,” a loose skewering of the millennial generation as we approach middle age and its overblown milestones. The comedy, written and co-directed by Sarah Adina Smith, follows rudderless twentysomething Lex (Anna Konkle), who … well, drops a baby.
Parents, and those averse to small humans in peril, shouldn’t worry — it’s a very mild plummet, and the tot is absolutely fine. (She has to wear an adorable helmet after the incident.) The unintentional infant fumble serves, rather, as the Jenga piece that unravels a friend group that has grown overripe.
The gang of college friends, all of whom seem to have slept with one another at least once, has gathered for a destination wedding. The betrothed (Jennifer Lafleur and Aparna Nancherla), also the parents of the tumbled tyke, are trying to put a marriage-shaped bandage on stress at home. Another couple (Jillian Bell and co-writer Joshua Leonard) have renounced their citizenship in favor of a vegan existence on a remote island, an idealistic decision that has quickly proven unsustainable. There’s a minor celebrity who fancies herself a major celebrity (Robin Thede), a tech bro name-dropper (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and a rapidly radicalizing teen (Elisha Henig).
Oh — and Lex’s husband (Jermaine Fowler), who’s somewhat mortified about the whole baby-dropping thing, particularly since he’s hoping to become a father.
No one in this misfit group seems to like one another all that much, a sad but brutally honest commentary on college friends in adulthood: The fact that you drank together when you were barely adults does not often translate to lifelong companionship. It’s one of many truthful touches in the script, which is unafraid to blast generational foibles and blind spots without resorting to tired “entitled Millennial” cliches.
It is perhaps not as funny as it might be — most of the humor comes from the undeniable timing and charisma of Konkle, Nancherla and Bell, rather than the words they’re saying — and it feels rushed, with characters vying for moments of development and gags in a tight 92-minute runtime. Still, it’s a quick and enjoyable trip with well-considered humor.
I also imagine it’ll serve as comfort to anyone who has, themselves, dropped a baby. It has to happen fairly often, right? They’re small and squirmy. It seems unavoidable.
My Rating: 6/10
“The Drop” is now streaming on Hulu.