MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM
Starring: Elsie Fisher, Amiah Miller, and Christopher Lowell
Director: Damon Thomas
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is the type of film that lasts. It’s not ridiculously funny or campy, nor is it particularly scary, but there’s just something about it. Maybe it’s the ensemble that works together all too well, maybe it’s the weirdly hilarious finale - who knows? What I can say is that this feels like a sleepover movie. Flawed and hardly scary, but fully enjoyable even if it’s just eye-rolling fun.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism needs an exorcism of its own to help the film from derailing. The film is ultimately too tame, and it needed more of a scare factor than quippy jokes. As a fan of the book, I truly wonder if the team behind the film even read it or knew what the concept was. Unfortunately, they couldn’t figure out how to balance the horror-comedy scales in the story. But, at the end of the day, the film is somewhat saved by its characters and the actors that portray them.