A pretty, slightly precious punk trifle with blood on its white tux jacket. Writer-director Christian Papierniak’s debut feature about a young woman desperate to traverse Los Angeles so she can crash the engagement party of her ex and ex-best friend has charm, thanks in large part to the charisma of lead Mackenzie Davis. But charm and charisma will get you only so far, both in LA and onscreen. Papierniak wants to explore the tension between fate and will, destiny and determination, blessing and achievement: do Izzy’s many adventures serve as signs that she and her ex are meant to be, or are they simply illustrations of her personal pluck, combined with a talent for self-delusion? (The film opens with Izzy waking up in a stranger’s bed, then finding a postcard from Providence pinned to his wall — and hey, True Love’s party is on Providence Road, and of course the word itself refers to a benevolent guiding force.) But in his eagerness to plumb for profundity, he forgets to craft credible supporting characters exhibiting believable behavior. (2018) — Matthew Lickona
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