Baked in Brooklyn review by Bobby Blakey
Well Go USA is most noted for its horror and martial arts international releases, but every so often they offer up something outside of those genres. The latest Baked in Brooklyn, is a romantic comedy of sorts starring Josh Brener and Alexandra Daddario, but does it offer up something that makes it stand out from other films in the genre or will it be too high to care?
Baked in Brooklyn follows a recent college graduate who decides to sell marijuana on the streets of Manhattan after losing his job at a consulting firm. He soon meets the girl of his dreams. With an unsupportive girlfriend, an increase of clienteles, and the growing threats of being caught or killed, he soon realizes he is in way over his head. This is one of those kinds of films that doesn’t offer up anything all that new to the genre, but still manages to work on some levels. The story is pretty predictable in some aspects and others interesting with the story they are trying to tell. Part of the charm here is the mismatched relationship that develops between Brener and Daddario. It’s not so much the stereotypical opposites attract but instead two people that connect in their own way and showcase a real caring for each other. Sadly it is thrown off the rails by his obsession with his new career as a drug dealer and this is where it takes the story in a different direction. You get all the clichéd aspects of both genres of stories complete with the ending you figure is going to happen, but all wrapped up in a journey that still works.
This isn’t a film that will stand out all that much in your mind, but is entertaining. It offers up some laughs, love, emotion and awkwardness to tell a story that feels real and despite being nothing all that new is still worth checking out.