I’m Totally Fine features a cast of hilarious comedians, which makes the emotional punch it carries that much more unexpected.
I’m Totally Fine is a surprisingly emotional film that is sure to bring tears to many viewers at the end. Arranged with a fun cast, it also has its comedy moments, but most of this movie is uplifting and fun.
This movie is about Vanessa (Jillian Bell) after the death of her best friend and business partner Jennifer (Natalie Morales) as she goes on a lonely journey to clear her head. It doesn’t go as planned when the extraterrestrial appears in the form of Jennifer. In return for studying, Vanessa is rewarded with 48 hours with her (almost) best friend. This is a journey full of regret, as she has to come to terms with the fact that Jennifer will never come back.
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With what works, I’m perfectly fine
I’m Totally Fine may look like a comedy on the outside and because of the cast, but it’s a lot more. Sure, there are some great and humorous moments, but it’s not the silly humor you’d expect when looking at other Jillian Bell projects like Idiot Sitter and Workaholics (both are fantastic, to be clear). Comedy relief is there to break through emotional and painful moments, and it works really well.
This movie is more of a drama and a story about dealing with loss and grief. It teaches you the lesson of taking time for yourself and mourning your losses, rather than just rushing forward and ignoring it and letting it catch on fire. Vanessa goes a lot into I’m Totally Fine because she’s not right at all. Bell does an amazing job and it’s easy to identify with and cheer for her.
One of the best things about this movie is the supporting cast. While Bell is fantastic, the DJ played by Harvey Guillén and the stranger played by Kyle Newacheck bring a lot to the story. They bring a change of pace and some really fun moments, but also help Vanessa on her way to being accepted in her own way.
Vanessa and Jennifer’s friendship is healthy. They are friends since elementary school, so within an hour and twenty minutes we learn a lot about their time together. Each viewer will surely have a friendship that they can fondly look back upon. Heck I’m okay, he can convince them to call someone they haven’t had contact in a while to check in and make sure everything is alright.
It should also be mentioned that the runtime for this movie is perfect. It’s less than 90 minutes, which is enough to invest in the characters, but not too long to make the movie drag on.
What doesn’t work, I’m perfectly fine
The biggest problem with this movie is Natalie Morales. Even though she is a wonderful actress, there is something wrong with this performance. Sure, he’s supposed to play the alien who just took on the looks and memories of Jennifer, but for those who’ve seen Resident Alien, it seems like Morales is trying too hard to guide Alan Tudyk. Her labor is mostly flat and just a tad too far on the weird side.
Still, it’s the relationship that develops between the two that makes I’m Totally Fine something truly special that pulls on the strings of the heart.
I’m Totally Fine is a movie that will surely make some viewers want to call their loved ones in case they lose them unexpectedly. A story about strength, regret and coming to terms with loss, but with some really funny moments interwoven.
The stellar cast mostly shines, but Natalie Morales never seems to find herself in her character. Still, the overall message is important and is sure to go to the home of many viewers.
About me being totally okay
Vanessa (Jillian Bell) sets out on a lonely journey to clear her head after the death of her best friend Jennifer (Natalie Morales). However, her plans for a vacation to take care of herself change when she finds the recently deceased Jennifer standing in her kitchen, claiming to be an extraterrestrial. Together, they spend the next 48 hours partying and remembering better days in this out-of-this-world comedy.
I’m Totally Fine will be available in cinemas, on-demand and digital on November 4, 2022.
Tessa Smith is a film and television critic approved by Rotten Tomatoes Tomatoes. He is also a freelance writer. Tessa has worked in the Entertainment writing industry for nearly a decade and is a member of several critics’ associations, including the Critics Choice Association, the Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.