Band Aid: Top-notch portrait of the aftermath devastation can have on a marriage

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Band Aid walks us through a story of a couple who experiences loss. This couple responds to their tragedy in a typical modern way: Calling each other names, yelling obscenities at each other… They argue about everything and they “numb” themselves to avoid dealing with the real issues.

Band AidZoe Lister-Jones (Anna), who wrote, directed and acted in the film, makes her brilliant debut behind the camera with this film. Zoe Lister-Jones is not a new comer to the big screen. Her roles include big box office hits like Salt alongside Angelina Jolie and 2009’s State of Play hit with Russell Crowe. Adam Pally (Ben) has been involved long list of comedic films such as Dirty Grandpa with Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, Happy Endings with Daman Wayans Jr. and Search Party with Krysten Ritter. Fred Armisen (Dave) a comedic actor and musician extraordinaire! Fred signed on to Saturday Night Live in 2002; his characterizations included Martin Scorsese, Liberace, Tony Danza, Vicente Fox, and others.

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The trio of Zoe, Adam and Fred’s timing enhances the films delivery of comedic relief.

Anna and Ben decide rather than continue to scream at each other they will turn their arguments into songs. This idea makes perfect sense as they both have dabbled in music and still have their old guitars. Dave, Anna and Ben’s sex-addict neighbor stumbles upon Anna and Ben in their garage arranging their instruments and the “dirty dishes” (an obvious pun) band is born.Band Aid

A third into the film, the audience begins to see the real pain Anna is in. She’s white-knuckling life by using controlling passive-aggressive remarks to her husband Ben. In one scene, Anna is forced to brave a child’s birthday party where friends are asking the dreaded question “So, when are you two going to have kids?” — which drives a pot-smoking session in her friend’s bathroom and a live karaoke performance.

In an April 5, 2010, article, CNN said couples who experience such a loss are 22 percent more likely to break up or divorce. This movie rips the veil of silence of this topic wide open and depicts real-life issues with real-life solutions; the humorous depiction of Anna and Ben navigating life on life’s terms is refreshing and smart.

The addition of a “cured” sex addict neighbor whose best friends are “ex” strippers takes the comedic value to the next level!

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Go see this one! Way to go Zoe Lister-Jones.

One-word summation: SMART!

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About Dawn McReynolds

Originally from Michigan, Dawn McReynolds is a state-certified trainer in collaborative communication and certified cognitive behavioral consultant. Growing up on the old black-and-white movies of the 1950s, she inherited a passion for film from her father. Her favorite genres include horror, sci-fi and anything "out there" or unique. "In the beginning we talk together, we enter a process of change by listening to one another, we find success by acknowledging together."