Half “Booksmart,” half “Superbad,” with items of “American Pie” and a half-dozen different teen intercourse comedies thrown in for good measure, “Plan B” by no means reinvents what does not must be reinvented, however tweaks the favored components simply sufficient to make a spot for itself.
Sunny (Kuhoo Verma) and Lupe (Victoria Moroles) are finest buds in South Dakota navigating the treacherous waters of highschool, not in style sufficient to be imply ladies however not dorky sufficient to be shunned by the cool youngsters. They’re proper there within the center, the place they need to be.
An off-the-cuff hook-up at a celebration leads Sunny to wish the morning-after capsule, which results in a routine journey to the pharmacy adopted by a easy transaction and the result everybody needed. Or it results in an all-night journey crammed with unusual encounters, drug mishaps and a number of other moments of inward-looking self-reflection. It is as much as you to guess which one.
Director Natalie Morales and writers Joshua Levy and Prathiksha Srinivasan (each from “iZombie”) know the terrain properly, and discover the appropriate steadiness of bawdy discuss and heart-to-heart moments to boost “Plan B” above its usually predictable path. And there is a minimum of one occasion of boundary-pushing that takes “Plan B” past the boundaries of the typical entry within the style. (Belief, you will comprehend it once you see it.)
Past that, what makes “Plan B” work is the chemistry of the leads — Verma and Moroles play fairly properly off one another — and the nice surprises alongside the way in which (Edi Patterson is a scene-stealer as a late evening fuel station clerk) that make “Plan B” well worth the journey. The vacation spot is acquainted, however the journey manages to have its moments.
Not rated: Language, sexual conditions, drug use and graphic nudity, all involving teenagers
Working time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Enjoying: Out there Friday on Hulu
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