Avocado Toast (USA, 2021)

A man’s self-journey to becoming millennium ends up with both hilarious and disastrous results in this really funny indie comedy.

Adam is working a dead-end job that he hates. His best friend Matt is having an affair. The only thing that keeps him sane are his wife Jennifer and their kids Truman and Iris. Aside from Matt, Adam confides in fellow best friends Connor and Teddy. When Adam learns that he is a millennial, he freaks out. He has always felt he was Gen-X. Catching up with the times, Adam decides to become a millennial.

He quits his job and eventually finds work as a barista at a small coffee shop run by Sydney. He also trades in his car and gets a newer car. However, as life seems happy for him on his own level, he soon discovers there are consequences for his actions. His low-paying job results in not being able to afford the mortgage. His bonding with Sydney threatens to cause a rift within his marriage. When Adam learns a shocking truth, he decides he must make a choice, and will it help change him forever?

We’ve all seen movies about mid-life crisis in terms of central characters, but this must be a first in some aspect. What if someone is going through a generational crisis? What if a guy who always had a Gen-X mentality learns he is actually a millennial and decides to go about becoming a millennial? That’s the premise of this indie comedy from director Tyler Farr.

Justin Ray puts on a very comical performance as Adam, our central character who loves his family and yet hates his job. He has three best friends, the very slick Matt, played by Joe Burns; crazy Connor, played by Joshua French; and gay Teddy, played by Tito Livas. As the one going through the generational crisis, Adam decides to take risks, some good and some bad, to see what it is like as a millennial. We get to see small flashbacks of some of his actions from quitting a job by smashing a cake in his boss’ face to even seeing him daydream about possible consequences for his actions. We join him on his journey as we see the ups and downs of his newfound life as a millennial.

The biggest wrench in the cog in Adam’s new life is that of barista owner Sydney, played by McKayla Iverson. We see Adam and Sydney slowly bond and between that and not making enough money to possibly keep up the mortgage, it does cause a kink in his relationship with wife Jennifer, played by Jyllian Petrie. Along the way, there are some hilarious moments, like when Adam decides to try being a nudist like Connor, which doesn’t bode well to well, learning the terrifying truth about one of his friends. It is that latter pivotal moment where we see Adam realize what he really needs to change about his life. The final moments are some of the most hilarious as we see a fourth wall break and something you see in a recent Spider-Man movie…a certain line that gets cut off before the credits roll.

Avocado Toast brings a new meaning to the “midlife crisis” in the form of a “generational crisis” but done is such a funny manner thanks to Justin Ray’s comic timing. This could be the indie sleeper comedy of the year and it needs to be seen.

WFG RATING: A

Random Media presents a Good Coyote Films production. Director: Tyler Farr. Producers: Tyler Farr, David Burke, and Karl Danielson. Writer: Tyler Farr. Cinematography: Charles Unice. Editing: Lucas Hardy.

Cast: Justin Ray, Jyllian Petrie, McKayla Iverson, Joe Burns, Joshua Franch, Tito Livas, Harrison Farr, Grace Farr, Mitchell Schouten, Eric Osmond.

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