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Walk Of Shame

Elizabeth Banks takes the lead in Walk of Shame, a film about the struggle of women to gain equal rights in the United States... just kidding! It's about a woman who in the wake of not getting a promotion she wanted gets drunk, sleeps with a guy, then finds out she has one more shot at the promotion and accidentally sets out on a walk across Los Angeles to get to that final opportunity.

They say:

Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden star in the outrageously funny comedy, Walk of Shame. After losing an audition for her dream job, an aspiring Los Angeles TV news anchor goes out for an uncharacteristic night of partying. She awakes in a stranger's bed to a phone message from her agent telling her the job is hers, if she can make it across town by 5 pm. Stranded in an unknown area without money, a phone, and a car, she embarks on a series of misadventures as she races to the most important job interview of her life.

I say, "outrageously funny" might be a bit of stretch, and seeing how it was only in 51 theaters for 1 week in May before heading to Blu-Ray and DVD it seems like it didn't hit with audiences, but I did find it amusing. Going into the film with zero knowledge and expectations, the zany antics of a woman without her car, money or ID trying to make her way across LA and dealing with cops, drug dealers, unsympathetic bus drivers, and more, I laughed more often than not.

Elizabeth Banks does a pretty good job portraying a woman slowing fraying at the edges as she struggles to make her way across town. And it's pretty much her show, as the rest of the cast appear only as background to her, though I must say that none of them screw anything up, and the trio of drug dealers, Pookie in particular, provided quite a bit of mirth.

Is Walk of Shame the best movie you'll ever see? No way. But it made for a good date night for me.

Review by Jason Pace
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