You know what they say about what goes around comes around and this Thanksgiving film takes it to the extreme.
It’s the day before Thanksgiving and bartender Kevin (Jay Seals) is serving up drinks to his regulars. He’s in an extremely good mood since he tells the motley crew that he’s just put a down payment on a condo and is going to ask his girlfriend, Michelle (Aurelia Scheppers) to move in with him.
With a spring in his step he stops to get her some flowers and then heads to her house.
When he gets to the door, he hears noises and peering into the living room window sees her with another man.
After he gets home, he throws away everything that reminds him of her and sets it on fire. He’s promptly arrested and his best friend, Brad (David Paulus) picks him up from the police station.
The two stop for dinner and Brad tells him he’ll be better off without Michelle.
On Thanksgiving morning, the two go to the gym and Brad invites him over to his house for dinner. Kevin doesn’t want to go, but Brad insists.
Over at Brad’s, his wife, Liz (Heather Adair) is busy getting things ready and at first is happy to hear that Kevin and Michelle will be coming over, but when Brad fills her in, she says that she’s never really liked her.
After dinner, Brad takes Kevin out, along with Liz’s uncle Bruce (Jayden Lund) and aunt Marc (Jordan Feldman). The first stop is Cheetah’s.
Bruce and Marc hit it off with two of the strippers and the four of them go for ice cream after Kevin is thrown out of the bar for puking on one of the dancers.
They leave and head over to an Irish bar where Brad tries to pick up a girl and sends her friend over to pick Kevin up.
Since things aren’t going the way Brad had hoped, he and Kevin get into a fight and Kevin leaves. He’s decided to walk over to Michelle’s house.
Meanwhile, Brad is approached by a woman who tells him that she’s been in love with him since high school.
As the night comes to a close, Brad goes home to Liz and Kevin accepts a ride home from Sarah (Leah Renee) who he met in the parking lot.
Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t what I was expecting.
The beginning states that it’s based on actual strange events, but the only really strange event is what happens in the garage. Everything else is pretty tame, but if you’re offended by vulgar language, then this isn’t the movie for you.
However, if you’re looking for a movie that is diverse and represents all walks of life, then you will be satisfied.
I think the best performance is from Tate Hanyok (Margret). She’s a little out there and she’s fine until the garage scene. It’s a shame that she’ll always be remembered for what she does.
The movie was written by Paulus and is set in and around Detroit and as a side note, karma does strike in this movie.
If you’re looking for an independent Thanksgiving movie, then this could be what you’re looking for.