SUNSHINE GIRL AND THE HUNT FOR...
Reviewed by: Zombie Boy
What's it about
A girl and her friends make a documentary about their search for, well, kids with black eyes. Yeah.
(The full title is Sunshine Girl and the Hunt for Black Eyed Kids)
Is it good movie?
I did not get into reviewing films to hurt the feelings of 17-year old girls, which I may be arrogant to think I have that power. But I just state that so you know when I say this movie sucks, I am not being mean or small, and I take no pleasure in it. But my job here is to let you know if this movie is worth watching - is worth your money - and unfortunately I have to steer you way clear of that.
Frances Jones, otherwise known as Sunshine Girl, is fairly popular on You Tube. She has a channel where she posts videos illuminating her apparent haunting, or the haunting of her house, and various other supposed supernatural activity. I guess she is popular enough to merit renting a small film crew and making this movie about the titular, and seriously corny-sounding, black-eyed kids. And if, like me, you think that's an effortlessly stupid and unscary sounding phenomenon, do a Google search: I got over 24 million entries. Whoa.
The movie itself plays out like one of her You Tubes videos, only 90 minutes instead of 90 seconds. It is mostly her, her mom, and a few friends, standing around being boring, having what I hope are unscripted conversations. After almost fully an hour of this nonsense, we finally get to some action, which maybe would have been creepy if I had still cared. But probably not. There are kids standing around with full black contact lenses, a few kills, and a little blood. The entity behind the whole shebang would have been more effective if it didn't start spouting ridiculous dialogue.
Everyone involved seems nice enough, and there are some decent bits of acting, but it's mostly people standing around, or driving around, or being scared by the simple fact of a young person with no whites to their eyes. Unless you're in this, or know someone who is, I have a hard time believing you'd get even a drop of enjoyment from it. Sorry.
Video / Audio
Video: No stats, but a portion was shot with a high end digital camera, and some with a Flip camera. It mostly looks professional.
Audio: Again, no stats. The audio is decent.
Commentary: This commentary features Jones and her mother. They mainly talk to each other. Again, they're nice, and personable, but unless you know them it's boring. Like overhearing a conversation at a restaurant. They do maintain that everything in the film is real, though. Gotta give them credit for that.
Deleted Scenes: There are four deleted scenes, totaling about seven minutes. I have no idea why these four scenes were deemed more or less boring than the rest of the movie.
Slideshow: This is a minute-long collection of stills and publicity shots.
Who is Sunshine?: I'm not sure what this is. I think it's a trailer for Jones's You Tube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. It's a really good trailer. I wish I could say the same for what I sampled for myself.
Frances Jones, aka Sunshine Girl, seems nice enough. She's young, pretty, and clearly motivated. Her high-self esteem undoubtedly comes from a loving mother who was obviously very supportive of this project. But all that doesn't add up to a movie worth watching, unfortunately. This movie breaks the cardinal sin of filmmaking: be good, or be bad, but never be boring. Unless you are in it, or know someone who is, I would suggest giving this one a pass.