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"Run Sweetheart Run" (2020) Movie Review

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Running away from Charlie's Angels critics.

Running away from Charlie's Angels critics.

Running Time

104 Minutes

MPAA Rating

R

Director

Shana Feste

Writers

Shana Feste, Keith Josef Adkins and Kellee Terrell

After an almost three year delay because of the pandemic, the horror movie Run Sweetheart Run finally drops in theaters nowhere near you because it’s on Amazon Prime. As you watch it, random empty boxes will pile up in your backyard and your pets and other neighborhood animals will play with them. Some will have the time of their lives. Some will be trapped in them and sent to another dimension.

Speaking of another dimension, we finally found that your childhood pet Rascal. You blamed yourself for what happened to him. Yes, it’s all your fault but Rascal forgives you even though he never wants to see you again. Just know that Rascal’s life has been vastly improved now that you are no longer in the picture.

These reviews don’t just provide you with the information to decide if you want to see a movie or not. They provide you with much needed closure in your life.

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Run Sweetheart Run opens with our main character Cherie (Ella Balinska) at work with her HR manager. It looks like she’s lodged a complaint but the HR person is pretty much telling her to keep her pretty mouth shut and don’t make waves or else she won’t make it very far in this company. Cherie wants to be a lawyer, but HR is telling her she’s being too mouthy. She needs to play the game…or else.

Before the opening credits Cherie is the main assistant to one of the top lawyers in the firm James D-Bag (Clark Gregg). James depends on Cherie for everything and Cherie is really good at her job.

Except today.

It looks like Cherie double booked James for his anniversary dinner with his wife and a dinner with a client. James “volunteers” her to go to dinner with said client. Cherie is in no real position to refuse because she f*cked up (or did she?). Cherie acquiesces. All she needs is a babysitter for her baby daughter Luze (Judy Greer) and some tampons (Bradley Cooper) because she’s just started her period.

Nothing bad will happen.

Nothing bad will happen.

Cherie is determined to make a good impression because she knows this could jumpstart her career. But she doesn’t want to make too good of an impression so anybody doesn’t get the wrong idea. Cherie gets a friend (Paul Rudd) to babysit Luze, and she is on her way to a completely harmless date that will end in a handshake and some mangoes.

Cherie arrives at a very nice house. She meets the client. His name is Ethan (Pilou Asbaek). He’s a good looking guy with impeccable manners. He makes her a drink that’s not drugged so things are starting off quite nicely. Ethan tries to mansplain where some planets are in the solar system but Cherie corrects him but in a way that won’t damage his fragile male ego.

At dinner they’re having a wonderful time. They laugh. They eat. Ethan yells at a dog because he’s really afraid of them because he got bitten once when he was a kid and then Cherie feels sorry for him because that sucks that a dog bit you and now dinner’s over.

Ethan and Cheri arrive back at Ethan’s house. They have had a wonderful time eating a meal together in a business setting. Cherie has to get up early to go to work and take care of Luze. Ethan invites her over for one last drink and makes sure to set his alarm to the same time that Cherie is getting up because Ethan is a decent person.

They go back into the house.

Some squishy sounds are heard. Moments later Cherie runs out the door screaming. She looks like she’s been hit or something and her dress is torn. She starts running as fast as she can…away from the house.

Little does Cherie know that her very long night has just begun. Ethan has shown himself to be not a nice guy at all. The rest of the night will prove just how terrible he is.

People run like that if they're having a good time.

People run like that if they're having a good time.

What Works With Run Sweetheart Run

  • Uniformly solid performances from both Ella Balinska and Pilou Asbaek. Cherie’s arc from victim to ______ is never less than believable and Balinska makes even the more out-there twists in the story grounded in some sort of reality. Asbaek makes a wonderfully douchey villain, even if from the moment he walks onscreen he sets off all kinds of red flags. The things you do for work.
  • The script by director Shana Feste (Country Strong) and writers Keith Josef Adkins and Kellee Terrell provide more than enough twists and turns to keep you compelled to finish. Not everything works, but you rarely know where the story is going once Cherie starts running.
  • Again, RWS was filmed before the pandemic. Remember when those disinfectant wipes were at a premium? In one of the movie’s best scenes they’re a source of minor revulsion. Makes you wonder if there was a scene with toiler paper that was cut because it was too upsetting.
People scream like that if they're having a good time.

People scream like that if they're having a good time.

What Doesn’t Work With Run Sweetheart Run

  • Random title cards that say “RUN” that do nothing for the movie except take you out of it. A minor but irritating distraction.
  • As mentioned before, not all of RWS works, especially in the third act when it devolves into something you’d see in a more basic horror movie. The setup is much more satisfying than the payoff, but don’t let that dissuade from having a bloody good time.

Overall

Run, don’t walk…to your television sets and see the best horror movie released this week. The Lair and Feed Me aren’t that great. Stay home and don’t waste the gas.

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