King of Knives

Three days can make a big difference. A lot can happen over a mere 72 hours. Most of us are familiar with that. Whether on a personal level or a family one. Here a New York family learns that.

As it is Frank and Kathy’s (Mel Harris – from television’s Thirtysomething) 28th anniversary the family gathers around. Well, everyone but Frank (Gene Pope – Tell Me I Love You) as he has forgotten his anniversary. To be completely honest Frank and Kathy’s marriage has certainly seen its shares of ups and downs. Now it seems it will attempt to endure Frank’s mid-life crisis.

This time of flux will not affect the parents but also the children. Frank and Kathy have two daughters – Kaitlin and Sadie (Emily Bennett – appeared in episodes of Army Wives and Chicago Fire). Sadie is the “good” daughter. Doing everything right and in a steady relationship with her long term boyfriend, Patrick (Teo Rapp-Olsson – appeared in episodes of Blue Bloods and Bull). Whereas Kaitlin (Roxi Pope – first film)…well, she and her dad are close.

Over the course of the three days we follow this family there will be plenty of change, Some predictable, some not. Some for the good, some bad. All of it demonstrates that life is never as you would expect it to be.

Bringing us his first film as director, Joe Delgado dips his toes into the rather large and deep family drama pool. Many have swum there before. Some to Olympic success while others barely treading water. Delgado manages to swim, but in more of a dog paddle style. Meaning this is not a great or horrible film, rather somewhere in the middle.

The film was co-written by cast member Gene Pope and he has given himself plenty to chew on in an acting sense here. He is a man who has not done right by his wife over the years of his marriage and now 28 years in begins to wonder if he made any of the right choices. A classic mid-life crisis ensues involving drugs, trying to act younger than he is and in the end being forced into a choice.

Plenty has gone on and is going on within this family. Issues including suicide, infidelity, crisis of identity, being gay, and marriage. None are easy or straightforward, especially within the confines of a family. They are a family which seems to talk a lot without really communicating at all. Son/brother has committed suicide and no one has really recovered from that trauma. Nor have they attempted to work their way through it as a family.

Moderately entertaining. That is the best way to sum up the film. There are moments when the acting is strong and the story is engaging. Then others where it goes off the rails, kinda like Frank and Kathy’s marriage. Still enough there to make it a worthwhile watch. Not something which warrants being put on the top of your list, however.

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