Revry Presents ADDICTED TO FRESNO Film Review — Everyone Deserves Dignity

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Fresno, California is not known as a particularly inviting town, but neither is the bleak, beige-covered hotel we find our two protagonists working in. Clad in maroon scrubs, Martha shows her older sister, Shannon, the ropes at the Fresno Suites hotel as she trains her to be a maid. 

Registered sex offender, buzz kill, and sex addict—these are just some of the terms that describe Shannon. Though as the first 20 minutes of this film unfold, another can be tacked on to the list: murderer. Martha comes to Shannon’s rescue when she is assaulted by a hotel guest, but her heroism is short-lived when soon after she becomes an accomplice to her sister’s accidental crime.

ADDICTED TO FRESNO
Martha (Natasha Lyonne, left) and Shannon (Judy Greer, right)
ADDICTED TO FRESNO

From this point on, all bleakness that was present before, in this reviewer’s opinion, is stripped away as the duo, accompanied by the corpse of a dead man, bounces from one life-altering situation to the next—each increasingly more illegal and outlandish—all in the hopes of putting this nightmare behind them.

Revry showcases LGBTQ+ love by embracing queer characters

Early on we learn about Martha’s dating struggles—namely with Alicia, the woman who goes to her gym but won’t return her calls. Despite the weight of the plot, the film manages to weave in lightheartedness with the nonchalant addition of queer characters and plenty of comedic quips—especially between the sisters, with lines such as, “You killed an Olympian.” 

Another important aspect of the film is it’s overall message, in this viewer’s opinion. We learn from the characters that whether we accidentally relapse, accidentally injure those we love, or, in extreme cases, accidentally murder someone, “Everyone deserves their dignity. We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.”

Between pet funeral homes, bar mitzvahs, and lesbian softball teams ADDICTED TO FRESNO is 85 minutes of film that will bring just about anybody joy and a little bit of a thrill. Additionally, if you find yourself partial to stories with LGBTQ+ characters, look no further than this whirlwind of crime, humor, and human experience.

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Cast:

Judy Greer (Shannon Jackson)

Natasha Lyonne (Martha Jackson)

Aubrey Plaza (Kelly)

Ron Livingston (Edwin)

Allison Tolman (Ruby)

Fred Armisen (Gerald)

Clea DuVall (Regina)

Molly Shannon (Margaret)

Jon Daly (Boris)

Jessica St. Clair (Kristen)

Malcolm Barrett (Eric)

Michael Hitchcock (David)

Kumail Nanjiani (Damon)

Alan Mandell (Arthur Lipka)

 

Creative Team:

Jamie Babbit, Director 

Andrea Sperling, Producer 

Charlese Antoinette Jones, Costume Designer 

Chris Redondo, Casting 

Dan Cogan, Executive Producer 

Derek Nguyen, Associate Producer 

Doug Turner, First Assistant Director 

Erika Toth, Art Director 

Gaelle Cohen, Stunts Coordinator 

Geralyn White Dreyfous, Executive Producer 

Jeffrey Waldron, Cinematographer 

Julie Parker Benello, Executive Producer 

Karey Dornetto, Screenwriter 

Mynette Louie, Executive Producer 

Nancie Rooney, Department Head Makeup 

Nathan Matthew David, Composer (Music Score) 

Nick Horbaczewski, Executive Producer 

Patty West, Executive Producer 

Paul Hollman, Re-Recording Mixer 

Richard Hicks, Casting 

Stephanie Meurer, Producer 

Stephenie Galvan, Second Assistant Director 

Suzanne Spangler, Editor 

Theresa Guleserian, Production Designer 

Tracy Shao, Associate Producer 

Una Jackman, Co-producer 

Wendy Ettinger, Executive Producer 

When:

Streaming Now

Where:

Available on the Revry website

Tickets:

Free access to weekly film line-up; subscription necessary for rest of catalogue

For more information you can visit the Revry website.

Images courtesy of Revry

Margaret Smith ( Photo by Mike Rundle )

About the Author: Margaret Smith ( Photo by Mike Rundle )

Margaret Smith is a multi-genre writer, editor, and Americano enthusiast based out of Chicago. Having recently achieved her B.A. from Columbia College Chicago, she’s now been granted the time to fully enjoy the arts and cultural offerings around her—as well as pursue hobbies such as swimming and reading her way through her bookshelf.

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