While it reaches levels of ridiculous that may make you roll your eyes, you’ll be chuckling throughout all “Divorce Bait” throws at you.
|Director(s)||Patrick Perez Vidauri|
|Screenplay By||Cristina Nava, Ruben Islas|
|Date Released (In Theaters, Video On Demand)||12/9/2022|
|Content Rating||Not Rated|
|Marco Laguna||Justin Berti|
|Alexis Laguna||Vannessa Vasquez|
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Marco and Alexis are on their second marriage, and together they have been married for around 4 years. In both of their previous marriages, they were cheated on, which has left some baggage, especially for Alexis. So when someone in their friend group gets divorced, and she sees them moving on quickly with the single members of their friend group, she questions everyone in their circle and decides to see, of Marco and her friends, who would make a move on them if they announced they were separating.
Things To Note
Why Is “Divorce Bait” Rated Not Rated
- Dialog: Cursing Throughout
- Violence: Alexis does stab her ex with a pencil
- Sexual Content: Nudity and Sexual Situations
- Miscellaneous: Drinking
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Was Alexis’ daughter supposed to play a bigger role in all of this, or was the main point to show that even her teacher would walk over Alexis’ warm corpse to seduce Marco?
Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.
Marco is a real estate agent who is the normal one of his friend group. This personality also extends to his marriage as Alexis is the more energetic and upbeat of the two.
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While it has been many years since Alexis has been a hand model, she was good. But, with wanting to really dedicate herself to being a mom and housewife, she kept her contacts in the industry, like Diva, but mostly hangs with some ladies in her neighborhood. Especially during the day while her daughter is in school.
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Diva is Alexis’ fabulous friend who is also a hand model and has vitiligo. Which they use to book both roles for White and Black people and potentially jobs for men and women.
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Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)
A Premise That Isn’t Done To Death
The concept of baiting your friend circle to see who likes your spouse isn’t a common or overdone theme. Heck, I can’t, offhand, even think of a movie or show they did this, so from the beginning, “Divorce Bait” starts off well. Now, yes, it is an idea born from Alexis’ insecurities based on being cheated on, but you get it. You have a lot of single friends, some who are very sexual, you know your husband has a healthy sexual appetite, and you want to test him.
Mind you, she does with him in on everything, just to really see if he can keep it in his pants. It’s all very ridiculous, but like anything that seems ridiculous, it is based on a potentially common thought. And like most comedy, it’s rooted in what people wouldn’t want to utter out loud but definitely have pondered. After all, how many times have you heard, in real life or in movies, “If I died, which of my friends would you go with?”
“Divorce Bait” just doesn’t wait for the death to happen to see which friend would attack like a vulture.
“Divorce Bait” does the rounds by doing sex jokes galore and creating comical situations. For example, Alexis is a hand model, and their best friend, a flamboyant Black man simply named “Diva,” has vitiligo and names one hand Kanye and the one which is all white “Kim.” What you get here is range. So you can go from seeing Marco’s brother in a very strange BDSM pool party to Alexis accidentally taking edibles at a hand modeling shoot and having a bad trip.
Now, I won’t say you’ll laugh your ass off, but you will chuckle and roll your eyes with a smile on your face.
On The Fence
The Grand Gesture To Makeup Makes Very Little Sense
What is a romance movie without a grand gesture to apologize for a misunderstanding or screw-up? “Divorce Bait” has one of its own, and it may not make the most sense to you. It’s a very weird trust exercise/ showing that one side trusts the other, and while as ridiculous as the characters and situations in the movie, it might be when the film jumps the shark. Leaving you perfectly fine with the film ending minutes later for you got your fill.
Who Is This For?
Fans of silly indie comedies that focus on characters with notable personalities that are distinctive but not off-putting, that focus on not only making you laugh but presenting what can feel like a relatable issue. If not, giving you a chance to vicariously play through a scenario to understand why it’s not a good idea.
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