Two friends find their bond threatened by a series of events while in the big city in this indie dramedy from director Graham Winfrey.
Mitchell and Brett are two best friends in the small town on Bangall, New York who are in the midst of starting their own brewery. Mitchell is trying to shy away from his family work as a carpenter in order to achieve his dream. As for Brett, he sees this as an opportunity to score in a different kind of way. When the duo are reunited with an old classmate, Grace, Brett’s old feelings come back and convinces Grace, now a graphic designer in New York City, a chance to help them design a logo with the full intention of trying to get with her.
However, Grace has feelings for Mitchell, but Mitchell attempts to hide it for now. When Brett informs Grace that his cousin Nick, who also lives in NYC, is set on investing in the company through a tasting party, she is enthralled. When Mitchell and Brett meet Nick at his apartment, some shady things begin to worry Mitchell and of course, Brett sees this an opportunity to once again get in Grace’s hands. However, at the party, truths come out that may not only derail plans for the brewery but end the lifelong bond between the two friends.
With a running time of 71 minutes, this is a short and sweet indie dramedy about an attempt at a dream between two friends. The script by director Graham Winfrey and Doug Weeden is a straight shooter about one friend taking the business seriously while the other seeks to gain some sort of recognition with women through said business. It is a trope that is sometimes used as in the case of Soul Plane, with Kevin Hart’s character taking things seriously to a point while his cousin only cares about the recognition. However, this is more of a humanistic feel with the setting being upstate New York and the Big Apple itself.
The duo of Townsend Ambrecht and Nick Moss are the driving forces of the film, who play complete opposites. For Ambrecht’s Mitchell, it’s about living the dream in terms of his career and this is evident when his father calls him about a bounced check from a supposed payback. As for Moss’ Brett, he seems to only want to use the business to get women and not take things seriously. He is the kind to overdose the hype on the business while Mitchell takes things seriously. When Julia Conley’s Grace ends up being only one of the catalysts that threaten the business and friendship, it is the smoothly moving pace especially involving Nick, Brett’s cousin played by Dexter Masland, that becomes predictable when it comes to the genre.
However, the final few minutes do take quite an unexpected turn for the friends. Things start to get better in terms of predictability for one aspect. However, it is the next scene that shows one of the biggest curveballs in terms of a certain aspect that was played out for much of the film and gives us a vibe similar to an underrated 80’s comedy gem, which featured one of the biggest curveball endings ever in films.
Double Belgian is a really good dramedy that once you see its predictability, you’ll want to keep watching for a shocking twist in the final few minutes. Townsend Ambrecht and Nick Moss are great as the opposite buddies showing chemistry with a sense of real humanity.
WFG RATING: A-
Random Media presents a Smithfield Pictures production. Director: Graham Winfrey. Producers: Aldous Davidson and Graham Winfrey. Writers: Graham Winfrey and Doug Weeden. Cinematography: Chris Raddatz. Editing: Anthony Seratelli.
Cast: Townsend Ambrecht, Nick Moss, Julia Corden, Dexter Masland, K.C. Ifeanyi, Mary Hilliard, Isabel Bacon, Lizzie Crocker, Brendan Maher, Nate Washburn, Daniel Cangelosi.