Seattleites often complain about the lack of movies filmed on location in our fair city (as we often lose out to our neighbors to the north); however, Sweet Thing was filmed almost entirely in Seattle and Whidbey Island. SIFF is offering up the world premiere on Saturday, June 7th.
Sweet Thing is the directorial debut from Joe Lia, who is currently a producer for the reality show Survivor (as is male lead Jacob Teixeira). Lia, who also wrote the film, hails from Bothell and lovingly stages locations from the perspective of a local — unlike more famous productions like Sleepless in Seattle. UW students and grads will recognize scenes shot on campus and have probably been to many a (lame?) party like the one where the two main characters first meet.
Liz (Jennipher Foster) is on a mission to find and experience love (or at least lose her virginity) and makes many of the mistakes we all do during that turbulent time. Meanwhile, Jody (played by local actress Beth Ison) is trying at all costs to avoid responsibility and often uses drugs to escape (there’s even a scene of her doing coke off a sink at Dick’s, which is just wrong on so many levels). The two really hit it off when Jody pulls up the coffee stand Liz works at and then embark on a summer of friendship and fun (and some extra stuff). I believe there was supposed to be a love triangle somewhere in there, but it seemed a little under developed to me.
The movie and end song (by Dylan McKeever) were inspired by Van Morrison’s song of the same name off the Astral Weeks album. It’s too bad they were not able to include the song in the soundtrack which is also disappointing in that it lacks the presence of local artists.
All in all, it’s a good effort by a young cast and crew on a budget. I think it will resonate well with the young 20-something crowd but may ultimately be lost on us older folk. There were boobs, though, if you’re into that.
Monday, June 9th 4:30pm @ Harvard Exit (buy tickets)
View the trailer here: