Justin throws a surprise Welcome Home party for Tyler, unannounced. He invited all of their friends from college; Kate (Tyler’s ex-girlfriend), Pete & Michelle (old friend and his over-obsessive girlfriend), Allison (an old friend who is now a single mom), and Zack (Kate’s fiancée whom nobody likes).
Dinner is ready and the table is set. They all sit one by one at the dinner table, happy and full of booze. Tyler sits awkwardly among them. He gazes at each of their smiling faces; the faces of people who never thought to visit him while he was away. It’s been six years and he feels out of place. His face contorts as he revels in the loneliness. He quickly changes his disposition though, not wanting to ruin the mood. For now, he’ll pretend.
In no time the dining room is full of laughter and banter. They each update on their lives since graduating from college. Tyler laughs along, interested in what his old friends have been doing since he’s been gone. The banter soon turns into complaints of Corporate America: they all hate their jobs.
Every morning, they get up just to survive. They sit at desks all day. Their jobs have nothing to do with their majors. The real world is cruel, they say. Tyler’s face changes to a state of discomfort. He doesn’t understand how they could say these things.
He suggests that they quit their jobs since they don’t like it. It’s simple, right? There’s a pause. The friends look around, then suddenly burst into laughter. Tyler doesn’t get the joke. That’s not how the real world works, they say.
At least they got to experience the real world…
Tyler was stuck in a box for six years.
The complaints grow more numerous until Tyler couldn’t pretend anymore. His fuse pops.
“You think work sucks? Try prison!”
A hush falls over the dining room, and suddenly, his friends are faced with the reality of their ungratefulness.
TAKING THE FALL Puts Gratitude In Your Attitude
“How does it feel to be out?”
“What are you going to do now for work?”
“No scars, no tattoos. You did pretty good.”
“You don’t look like someone who just got out of prison.”
Tyler hadn’t seen his so-called friends and years and this is how they greet him. He took the blame for stockpiling 20 pounds of weed so the rest of them could run free. In return, he’s forced to socialize with these ingrates who had caused his imprisonment.
In Taking The Fall, Josh Marble exposes the privilege of millennial society by contrasting it with the lot of an ex-convict. He creates a slow build-up to the inevitable tension between the friends, and it only gets worse as the liquor abounds.
If you like comedies with uplifting serious overtones, this is a good watch. There is vulgarity though, so if that’s a turn-off for you, you may want to find something else to watch.
Through guilt, failed love and drunken ignorance, Taking The Fall shows us that things in life could be a lot worse than what they currently are. The film asks us this question:
What are you going to do about it?
Munro Chambers, as Tyler
Roland Buck III, as Justin
Katie Gill, as Kate
Chris Sturgeon, as Pete
Kristin Zimber, as Michelle
Avalon Penrose, as Allison
Jonathan D. King, as Zach
Kennedy Marble, as Selena
Director: Josh Marble
Writer: Steven K. Hellmann
Executive Producer: Steven K. Hellmann
Producers: Josh Marble, Chris S. Alexander
Music: Marc Giguere
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Images courtesy of TAKING THE FALL
About the Author: Breanna Henry
Almost 10 years ago Breanna sat in her tiny room she shared with her younger sister in Houston, Texas writing songs, stories, and poems on the rough carpet. She mimicked songs she heard on the radio and imitated books she's read from the Scholastic Book Fair. By fifth grade, she knew creative writing would soon be her passion. Now a sophomore at Loyola University New Orleans, she has published works on her university's newspaper, literary journal, and on her own blog. When she's not writing and working towards her Mass Communication and English Writing degree, she's watching Criminal Minds re-runs, doing photoshoots with friends, and dancing wildly in her dorm room while music blasts through her speakers.