This film written by Karey Dornetto, a prior staff writer on hit TV shows such as South Park (2002), Arrested Development (2005-6) and Community (2010-11), and directed by her filmmaker spouse Jamie Babbet of But I’m A Cheerleader (1999) is a comedy that unfortunately is not all that funny in its self-consciously tactless dealing with the dark subject matter of murder and addiction.
The premise of Addicted to Fresno details the relationship between two co-dependent sisters; Martha (Natasha Lyonne), and her sex-addicted sister Shannon (Judy Greer). After bailing her sister out of rehab, Martha gets Shannon a job working with her as a maid at one of Fresno’s local motels. Shannon is unenthused by her second chance at a normal life and continually and unashamedly gives into her addiction, first with her former psychologist Edwin (Ron Livingston) and secondly with a sleazy hotel regular Boris (Jon Daly) who she ends up accidentally killing when Martha catches them in the act. From this point on Shannon and Martha invent a ridiculous plan in order to cover up this farcical murder.
Although there are some funny moments that occur throughout this screenplay, the narrative in general is rather blasé and dull in its telling of a nonsensical act of manslaughter. This in turn makes for a rather inhibiting film for the great performances by some of the notoriously comedic cast members. Overall, this film seems to have been a funny and random “what if” conversation made into a film.
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