Dependent's Day (2016)


Directed by Michael David Lynch
Country: USA

The first scene of “Dependent’s Day”, a diverting comedy written, directed, produced, and edited by Michael David Lynch, gives an idea of what we can expect from the movie.

In order to submit their tax returns, Alice (Benita Robledo) and Cam (Joe Burke), an unmarried happy couple, are in the office of their presumptuous accountant (Brian George), who looks at their W2’s with apprehension. 
At first, he praises Alice, a creative fashion designer who did really great in the previous year. Then, he looks contemptuously at Cam, definitely not a bread-winner, who didn’t do so good since he’s been struggling to follow his dream of becoming an actor. While looking for an opportunity in front of the cameras, Cam dedicates himself to cooking, cleaning, and some occasional part-time jobs such as clown performances for kids. The posture of the accountant really pisses him off, but anyway, Alice is claiming him as a ‘dependent’.

This is actually a great premise for a substantial comedy that smartly favors real life situations in detriment of trifles and gimmicks. Naturally, Mr. Lynch has his own strategies, especially by inducing piquant tones to a story that also works pretty well as a romance.

While Alice is having some difficulties at work due to her dominating boss, Bette (Lisa Ann Walter), Cam tries to get his $500 back from his stingy friend Josh (Josh Staman), who works in the film industry and reluctantly resolves to pay a portion of the debt with legal tender. However, he manages to get Cam a new job with a film producer, which leads to another one. None of these jobs are what he expected and Cam becomes more and more frustrated. Suddenly a secretary position opens in Alice’s office and Cam, even unenthusiastically, accepts it. Carrying the fame of bringing trouble with him wherever he goes, the disconsolate Cam is fired on his first day (not his fault, though) and brings Alice with him to the desperate world of unemployment. The couple breaks up at the precise moment that Alice’s parents arrive to stay a few days with them.
Their separation will be beneficial for both as they are given new professional opportunities and become to see clearer where their lives stand. 

Even without breaking new ground, “Dependent’s Day” presents palpable material, being smartly conceived and surprisingly entertaining, as it never loses the focus. The ending, just like the beginning, simply rose to the occasion. This outgoing story sparked agreeable vibes with sufficient honesty to set me in a great mood. 
An auspicious directorial debut for Mr. Lynch, who dives in the independent circuit with nerve.