Updated: Oct 16, 2020
Save Yourselves! is a film about a thirty-something couple who live their lives virtually. Their intimacy, jobs, family, and all their brain power goes into their computers. When enough is enough, Su and Jack decide to get out of the city for a week. They turn off their devices and return to a more natural way of living. Of course, this also happens to be the week in which an alien species decides to invade Earth. Now their fight is for their lives and their intimacy. The film stars Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Ben Sinclair, John Early, Jo Firestone, Gary Richardson, Johanna Day, Zenobia Shroff, and Amy Sedaris. The film is written and directed by Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson. The film is available for rental on a VOD platform such as iTunes or Amazon.
There has only ever been one film with an exclamation point in its title that I haven't enjoyed (mother!), so I knew statistically I was going to be pleased. Save Yourselves! is a delight. It's actually the perfect movie to have come out in 2020. We all planned to be better people and work on ourselves in January. Then, suddenly, a virus came and washed out all our plans, hangs, and events, much like the furry menaces attacking our heroes in the film.
That is one thing I really love about this film. The aliens aren't creepy bugs with teeth, but small, harmless looking poofs. Of course, though, these little poofs have a wicked tongue and a taste for ethanol and the death of humanity. They even exude a gas that acts like a laughing gas, debilitating humans that are in range. It's the adorable ones that will get you.
Speaking of adorable, our hero couple, Jack and Su, are the kind of Brooklyn couple we all love to sigh at. They have no real skills, they suck at their relationship, and with all answers at their fingertips at any moment, they have no real knowledge of anything. This is the kind of couple we wish would unplug, but after they do, we hope they tell us nothing about it. It's a delight watching them fail and having nothing fights.
Like a lot of films this year, Save Yourselves! also pokes a lot of fun at the hemming and hawing and sensitivity of liberal leaning people. Unlike several of those films, this film doesn't try and show us how very wrong headed their thinking can be, it just shows that reality is far more complicated than think pieces. The prime example is as they question their ideals when they find that it may be handy to wield the gun locked in the basement of the cabin. They go over all the statistics, but it really comes down to the fact that they have no acumen when it comes to a gun and it would be more dangerous for them to attempt to use it than not. Even later when they're presented with a situation in which they could have defended themselves with the gun, it's pointed out why it wouldn't matter whether they had a gun or not. Save Yourselves!, a comedy about furry aliens and a couple attempting to reconnect with one another, has a better grasp on life than the other "issue" comedies I've seen this year.
I'm coming to be a viewer who gets excited when I know Sunita Mani's involved in a project. She's been a fantastic supporting player in many great shows and movies of the past few years, but Save Yourselves! really shows off her chops as a lead. She's got impeccable timing, an expressive face, and a tenacity that makes her endlessly watchable. I could watch her charmingly do something in every movie, she's that likeable.
Save Yourselves! is a film with a lot of twists and very funny turns. It has an ending you won't see coming for miles that's engrossingly beautiful in its mystery. I liked the film just fine, but that ending has had me thinking about it since I watched it. I loved this silly movie about death and relationships and I think it's well worth your $6 to rent and watch. See this movie.