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Review: Something’s More Than One Thing. Tricky characters in an interesting situation

  • Release year: 2024
  • Director: Jay Alvarez.
  • Producers: Jay Alvarez, Darius Anderson, Alexander Fraser, Will Hand and Megan Kopp.
  • Screenplay by: Jay Alvarez.
  • Cinematography by: Ray Buckley.

Synopsis: a couple in a toxic relationship keeps finding excuses to stay together despite the obvious.

Shotgun Commentary: essay on toxic masculinity, the fear of being alone, and how social media makes everything worse.

Still from Something’s More Than One Thing (Jay Alvarez, 2024).

Review

Something’s More Than One Thing had its UK premiere in Raindance Film Festival earlier this week. The film delves into a foundering relationship that tries to find its salvation on the Internet. Despite the toxicity of their dynamic being painfully obvious, both participants in the relationship keep searching for excuses to justify their behaviour and feel good about staying together.

Casanova bullsh*t

On the one side of the relationship, we have Dylan (Devan Costa). He is a compulsive cheater who thinks sleeping with other people is within his right as an unfulfilled man. Likewise, he also thinks it is within his nature as a male to cheat. Essentially, a man child who is incapable of recognising his own mistakes. Instead, choosing to blame everything on anything but himself.

The use of social media in this case only serves to fuel his behaviour and encourage him to project his mistakes onto his girlfriend. This occurrence is perfectly summarised by the Spanish saying “Cree el ladrón, que todos son de su condición”. Which roughly translates as “The thief thinks that everyone is in his same condition”. He believes that by catching his girlfriend cheating, his actions are OK. Not only that, but by listening to Internet advice from certain communities, he thinks that he is actually the hurt part, the one who gets the right to be offended.

Dylan (Devan Costa). Source: Something’s More Than One Thing (Jay Alvarez, 2024).

This character is so loathsome that him being a girl magnet becomes the most fictional thing about the film. It is tiring to see downright punchable characters like Dylan perpetuating the idea that *ssholes are supposed to be sexy and desirable. Bad people should be alone. It is not anyone’s job to fix them, to be that “something” that Dylan is always referring to. Sadly, there are cases in which women do feel attracted to dirtbags like him, which brings us to Caitlin.

Cinderella complex

Caitlin is the other side of the couple. She is a girl who suffers from the very common condition of not feeling good enough, which in turn makes her act like she doesn’t deserve something good. She is in this state of total contradiction between talking about being powerful and trying to be independent, but also being completely codependent to her boyfriend. A state of trying to be a feminist but also being too influenced by patriarchy to actually fully embrace the notion of loneliness.

In her case, she’s afraid to the point that she is willing to put up with his cheating, trying to convince herself that is the right thing to do since all men cheat. This absurd generalisation helps her justify her decisions. As for the influence online communities have on her, having strange people validate her actions encourages her delusion that she’s not sabotaging her life and emotional stability by staying with Dylan.

The good, and the weird

The editing is the best thing about an otherwise pretty standard romantic drama. The introduction of online communities to the movie is seamless. It is a strange point of view to actually see the faces of the people involved in online discussions, but it is a weirdly attractive type of voyeurism, too. The discussion sequences add a lot of rhythm and intensity to the film during the moments that really need it, also adding another layer of reality to the main plot.

Caitlin (Alex Sgambati). Source: Something’s More Than One Thing (Jay Alvarez, 2024).

The comedic part is a bit tricky. It plays with the line between commentary and perpetuation of bad behaviours in a very provocative way. Depending on who you are what your background is, you might find certain parts hilarious or quite cringy and borderline offensive. In this context, it is important to identify what the subject of the jokes are before drawing conclusions because it might not be as clear. Whether a film should leave that responsibility to the audiences or not could be further debated.

All in all, Something’s More Than One Thing showcases an average toxic relationship sinking even faster thanks to the advice provided by random people online. It is a great exploration of toxic masculinity, women brainwashed into compliance, and the toxicity of online forums.

Advice to take from this movie:

  • If your partner cheats on you, trust is broken. Love yourself a little and dump them.
  • Men who think cheating is in their DNA should not be a part of society. In fact, they should not be a part of reality altogether.
  • If you need advice, go to therapy. Internet is NOT the place to seek it.
Sarah (Lelia Symington) and Dylan (Devan Costa).
Source: Something’s More Than One Thing (Jay Alvarez, 2024).

What’s your take? Have you watched Something’s More Than One Thing? What do you think of the themes it brings up? Don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below, or leave a message in my contact page! For more reviews and cinema-related articles, check out the rest of my blog! 😀

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