Review: Comedy of errors in 'Walk of Shame'

Posted at 05/24/14 10:29 PM

"Walk of Shame" is about Meghan Miles, a woman who is about to get the biggest break of her career as a TV journalist. However the night before, she just so happened to get dead drunk in a sleazy bar, had a one-night stand with the bartender, and worst of all, got her car towed along together with her purse, ID and money.

So left to her own defenses and the ridiculously eye-catching and tight yellow mini-dress she had on, Meghan had to bravely face the urban jungle head-on, with its jaded vice policemen, unpredictable crack heads, bratty kids and even religious fanatics, in her desperate efforts to make her way back to her TV station in time for her critical broadcast at 5 pm in front of executives from a big network.

I know that summary did not sound so promising as written down in mere words. However with the lovely and perky Elizabeth Banks playing Meghan, I unexpectedly had a very enjoyable time rooting for her to make it through her hellish misfortunes and ordeals. We will feel her exasperation as she had to struggles to maintain her maintain her composure in all those awful tight spots her foolish decisions get her into.

I confess I did not really know Elizabeth Banks, except as Effie Trinket in the "Hunger Games" films. Of course, there she was buried in white make-up and huge fake hair. I think this is the only film I have seen her as a lead star. She really comes across as a sincere and real person, and she certainly charmed me to her side. She is game, daring, and hilarious, more than able to carry this whole film on her shoulders.

This film is for adults only with its generous profanity and preponderant references to drugs and sex. However, it's humor is not as offensive as they were in films like "The Hangover" or "Bridesmaids". It ironically manages to actually be good-natured and delightful despite its negative topics. Furthermore, there is also that important lesson of not judging a book by its cover, how ever sexy and slutty.

Overall, I personally found this film a very entertaining comedy of errors, a fun way to spend a lazy hour and a half. So if you do not mind a little raunchy humor, I dare say, so will you. 7/10.

This review was originally published in the author's blog, "Fred Said."