Written by: J. Logan
As I scrolled through Netflix, I noticed something new and after reading the description I was interested. The film was about Katie (Abbi Jacobson) trying to prepare for a surprise birthday party for her boyfriend, but she must also deal with her brother. As she tries to put the final touches on the party, her brother Seth (Dave Franco) has a heroin relapse. The film 6 Balloons was released to Netflix April 6, but was first introduced at SXSW. The film was great on so many levels and is one of the best light heart dramas.
Dave Franco did a great job in the film with his portrayal of Seth, his connection with his sister Katie was really amazing on screen. In a phone interview with Collider, Franco explained how the role took a toll on him mentally and physically. Franco stated. "in addition to the physical transformation, I knew that the movie was gonna take a pretty big toll on me, mentally, just because I really do put a lot of work into every job." That work ethic really shows with the character and the interaction with his co stars.
Star on the rise Abbi Jacobson also did a great job with her role as Katie, an enabling sister who wants off of the addiction roller coaster. Jacobson tell Vanity Fair about her audition and explains how she audition a few times in order to persuade the producers, one in which the experience was based on. This was a big turn for Jacobson's career after creating and starring in comedy television Broad City, seeing her in a drama could give her a really big buzz. Hopefully she will use this year to do more dramatic films or even create a television series or film herself.
The film was definitely worth the watch and every detail of the film was a great addition to the story line. Director Marja-Lewis Ryan and producers Ross Dinerstein, Reid Carolin, Perter Kieman, Channing Tatum (yes Channing Tatum), and Samantha Houseman, who the film was based on, did a wonderful job with this film. The film currently holds an 84% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 81% audience rating. If you haven't watched it, I definitely think you should give it a view. Here's the trailer below: