Bear with Us


Comedy /

IMDb Rating 7.2


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94 min
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Reviewed by maverickaggie06 10

What&#39;s the worst possible way to propose to the perfect woman?<br/><br/>Thought of it yet?<br/><br/>Odds are whatever you thought of isn&#39;t as outlandish as independent comedy Bear With Us, a hysterical film from director William Stribling and co- writer Russ Nickel. <br/><br/>Part horror spoof and part screwball comedy, Bear With Us follows out of work hopeless romantic Colin (Mark Jude Sullivan) as he attempts to rekindle his relationship with uptight Quincy (Christy Carlson Romano) with a getaway weekend. <br/><br/>Dragging their best friends Harry (Collin Smith) and Tammy (Alex McKenna) along, the four head out to Harry&#39;s aunt&#39;s cabin in the woods where Colin has a ridiculous plan to propose to Quincy at the end of a fake bear hunt.<br/><br/>If you hold on for the entire ride, the film&#39;s first third is akin to one gigantic set-up to the world&#39;s longest hilarious joke. It takes a while for Stribling and Nickel to establish all of the characters in their story, but once everything is in place, Bear With Us takes off like a rocket ship that refuses to slow down.<br/><br/>Perhaps the most refreshing thing about the 90-minute comedy is how un- referential it is. Aside from the obvious Ranger Rick jokes and Harry watching a single YouTube clip of a fainting goat, Bear With Us is entirely original, in-the-moment comedy. No one is mocking celebrities or making overt nods to their roles in other films.<br/><br/>Bear With Us is simply the funniest version of a script built out of a cabin in the woods scenario. No frills, no cheats, just quality comedy.<br/><br/>Romano perfectly personifies Quincy as that stuck-up witch with a b who truly thinks that average people are beneath her. It&#39;s incredibly easy to overplay such a comically stereotypical role, but Romano does a terrific job of keeping as much of Quincy&#39;s elitist personality non-verbal as she does emoting vocally. To this point, her resting bitch face is absolutely on point.<br/><br/>Her awkward, disinterest chemistry with Sullivan works here because Sullivan throws himself around like a lawn dart in the relentless pursuit of love so easily. While certainly not the best performance in the film, Sullivan pushes the narrative forward in a capable way and allows other actors to shine, though he still gets in a few good laughs every now and again.<br/><br/>For as much as the film is driven by its two primary leads, the magic of Bear With Us comes entirely from its magical secondary cast members, including Adrienne the bear who makes cameo appearances on screen throughout the course of the film. <br/><br/>Probably the most famous of Bear With Us&#39; secondary cast is Glee alum Cheyenne Jackson as rugged outdoorsman Hudson. Jackson pounds the film with an aggressive energy every second he is on screen and it works in spurts, though the schtick gets a tad tiresome by around the 70 minute mark.<br/><br/>Hudson works best when he is shown as a counterbalance to a plucky and aloof forest ranger aptly named Rick (Kevin Carolan). <br/><br/>Carolan is a treat to watch with his chirpy personality enjoyable throughout. His performance is a great setup to every single time Rick fails in his quest to protect the bears in his territory, with scenes featuring Chief Ranger Stewart (voice of Lea DeLaria) chewing Rick out on the phone being among the best in the entire film.<br/><br/>Without a doubt, Bear With Us wouldn&#39;t be half the comedy it ends up being without spectacular performances from McKenna as Tammy and Smith as Harry.<br/><br/>At first glance, it might seem as though the characters could be easily written off (or poorly acted) as a stereotypical slutty best friend or a Zach Galifianakis ripoff. However, immense credit must be given to both actors as well as the pitch perfect writing of these characters by Nickel and Stribling to create some of the funniest moments in independent comedy in recent years.<br/><br/>Key to both performances is an acute sense of self-awareness from Tammy and Harry in understanding who they are and how they relate to the rest of the group. It&#39;s a wonderful contrast to the chemically imbalanced duo of Colin and Quincy.<br/><br/>McKenna brightens the screen with a quirky energy that is infectious to watch. It&#39;s easy to tell how much enjoyment she has as an actress to play such a well-written part and it shows in the performance.<br/><br/>Smith is a practical comedy star in the making with such an effortless constant stream of humanity and hilarity as Harry. The way Smith is able to embolden Harry with humanity beyond what is written on the script page and make him such an authentic character is outstanding. There&#39;s very little wonder why Stribling and Nickel wrote the part with Smith in mind.<br/><br/>That being said, a complete spin off feature or web series starring McKenna and Smith as Tammy and Harry would be infinitely watchable and sorely needed in the indie comedy landscape.<br/><br/>Editing truly helps Nickel and Stribling&#39;s excellent script shine as the film bounces back and forth between multiple simultaneous conversations to help speed things along, and at times, to add a deeper level of humor in scenes. This is especially true in the film&#39;s opening moments, where Colin and Harry are discussing Colin&#39;s desire to re-propose to Quincy at the same time Quincy hems and haws with Tammy about being too wimpy to break up with Colin.<br/><br/>Stribling made a very astute call for Bear With Us, opting to film in black and white from start to finish. While early in the comedy, the choice felt a little contrived; as Bear With Us progresses into the woods and through the roller-coaster ride, viewers begin to appreciate the added layer of suspense that it gives in moments of humorous tension.

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Reviewed by lorikalori 10

Bear With Us is a refreshing, farcical story about a marriage proposal that&#39;s meant to be a special, one-of-a-kind experience. And boy, is it -- but not in the way that&#39;s expected. The main character takes his beloved to a cabin in the woods, only to have friends tag along and a bear that&#39;s not leaving. In fact, this bear&#39;s not all that happy about the news. The story is funny, with lots of keep-em-guessing twists and turns and a bear that you find yourself rooting for. Great cast, funny script and beautiful cinematography. I&#39;ve seen other films by William J. Stribling, and they all have a neat, quirky sense about them. I highly recommend this film!

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Reviewed by MartinHafer 7

&quot;Bear With Us&quot; is a difficult film because although I thought the writing and situations were often rather dumb, the movie itself worked rather well. Sounds confusing, huh? Let me explain. The actors playing in the film do such a nice job that even though the plot often makes little sense...and I really don&#39;t think the filmmakers were trying to make it all make sense! It&#39;s the sort of film you best enjoy by simply turning off your brains and watching...and laughing. And I must say, I saw this at the end of a very long day at a film was late, I was tired and a silly film like this did just the trick.<br/><br/>Colin (Mark Sullivan) is a dopey guy who is head over heels in love with his girlfriend, Quincy (Cristy Romano). However, it&#39;s obvious to just about everyone but Colin that Quincy&#39;s love is lukewarm at best. Because of this, his plan to ask her to marry him is destined to fail. In fact, he&#39;d already asked her once and despite planning the perfect engagement, she shot him down in front of the patrons at a fancy restaurant. But Colin insists it will go differently this time. How? Well, instead of a fancy restaurant, he&#39;ll take her out to a weekend in the wilderness that includes a stages bear attack! Huh?! Well, if I tried to explain it to you, you probably still wouldn&#39;t understand this. Heck, I saw the film and I still have no idea what possessed Colin to do anything that he did in this goofy movie!<br/><br/>Along for the ride are a couple friends. Colin&#39;s buddy Harry (Collin Smith) and Quincy&#39;s friend Tammy (Alex McKenna) have oddly been invited along on this romantic weekend for two. Why you would invite anyone other than your girlfriend for this trip is baffling....and you just have to suspend disbelief and watch the weirdness that ensues. As for the friends, the audience will be happy they are along because these bizarro buds are hilarious...particular Harry. In fact, of all the actors in the film, Collin Smith was the standout actor for me despite being in a supporting role. Much of it is because he is a fine young actor and the rest is that although he seems like a too-stupid-to- live sort of sidekick (the type you&#39;d find in &quot;The Bachelor Party&quot; films), as the film progresses you realize that this character has amazing depth and isn&#39;t just some annoying stereotypical friend.<br/><br/>Overall, despite a plot that seldom makes much sense, the film is fun and worth seeing. And, if you watch it and wonder why they made this movie in black &amp; white, filmmaker William Stribling revealed that because they had such a limited budget, they could cut costs by using chocolate syrup instead of fake blood! Don&#39;t all works.

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