DCIFF Review: ‘Let’s Rap’, Starring Rachel Wilson, Brendan Gall, and Randal Edwards

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Most people believe that drama is much, much harder to do than comedy. But the reality is that it’s really hard to make people laugh. So when it comes naturally, it’s a gift one should probably milk for all it’s worth. This is exactly what “Let’s Rap” tries to do, sometimes hitting the mark, but often feeling a tad too forced to be construed as inherently funny.

Siblings Melanie and Bo Schnurr (Rachel Wilson, Brendan Gall) have been doing impromptu comedy bits their entire lives. Flash forward to adulthood and Bo is unemployed (though he wouldn’t know the meaning of the word as he’s never had a real job) and Melanie works at an ad agency, creating marketing pitches (she’s terrible at it). On the side, she suffers from public speaking fright and after a mishap at work is sent home to seek out anger management sessions.

Melanie and Bo’s friend, Ethan (Randal Edwards), is a down and out writer and creator for a local network. He had a hit show, but his career has seen better days. In what can only be called an ultimatum, Ethan has one last chance to pitch a great idea to his boss (Peter MacNeill). And so the idea of a talk show starring Melanie and Bo comes into existence. But they have to jump over a few hurdles first before their dreams of making it big are fully realized.

“Let’s Rap” is a simple film entertainment, where the biggest obstacle is that of a formidable boss and a colleague (Kristian Bruun) whose attempts at sabotage prove to be nothing more than a nuisance. It’s the kind of film where the follow-your-dreams-formula is kind of followed, but never strikes a strong chord, perhaps because it’s essentially not the siblings’ initial dream to have their own talk show.

Directed by Neil Huber with a script by Jesse Herman and Samantha Herman, the film is playful but isn’t extensively witty overall. However, it’s still a solid debut by Huber, who even lands Jason Priestley in the movie. The characters, as well as the issues befalling them, come off more superficial than deep, which turns it into the ultimate slacker comedy. Rachel Wilson and Brendan Gall, while their banter is sometimes not as quick-witted as it aims to be, manage to keep up with the fast-paced script and have a believably comfortable onscreen chemistry and make the film more enjoyable.

The ultimate suspense in disbelief comes in the form of trying to believe that Melanie and Bo would actually ever get their own banter-style talk show for a well-known network to begin with. That aside, “Let’s Rap” isn’t laugh-out-loud funny and can try too hard at times to make audiences chuckle, but it’s a solid debut for Huber, who knows what he’s doing, allowing the cast’s chemistry to shine through and proves he has the potential for bigger and better things in the future.

You can catch a screening of “Let’s Wrap” on Friday, March 11 at 6:25 PM at Washington, DC’s Navy Memorial Heritage Center.

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"Let's Rap" isn't laugh-out-loud funny and can try too hard at times to make audiences chuckle, but it's a solid debut for Huber, who knows what he's doing, allowing the cast's chemistry to shine through and proves he has the potential for bigger and better things in the future.

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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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