Pragma (2022) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)

Jack (Phil Dunster) and Willow (Lucy Heath) talking when intially matched

In a science experiment for graduate students, they are asked to trust the science, not their libidos, when finding their perfect partner.


In a science experiment for graduate students, they are asked to trust the science, not their libidos, when finding their perfect partner.


Director(s) Ellie Heydon
Screenplay By Lucy Heath
Date Released (Film Festival – Tribeca Film Festival) 6/12/2022
Genre(s) Comedy, Romance, Young Adult
Duration 20 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Cast
Willow Lucy Heath
Professor Josephs Amanda Hale
Jack Phil Dunster
Tom Sid Sagar

This content contains pertinent spoilers.

Film Summary

Willow decides to join a group in which it is theorized by Professor Josephs that her soul mate will be part of the group. Willow’s eye is on Jack, but the algorithm pushes her towards Tom. Will she go with what fetches the eye or Professor Josephs’ algorithm?

Things To Note

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Miscellaneous (Outside of characters making out and conversations about orgasms, this is tame)

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Willow

Willow is a nice girl, looking for love, but sadly in all the wrong faces.

Professor Josephs

Professor Josephs is the head of the Pragma project.

Jack

Jack is a handsome man that is initially paired with Willow before being whisked away.

Tom

Despite the initial lack of appeal, Tom is deemed as Willow’s best match, which Willow is unsure how to feel about.

Review

Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

On The Fence

It Makes Points About Being Shallow But Doesn’t Have The Time To Follow Through

Willow’s pining for Jack makes sense. He is what many would go for. But, one of the things “Pragma” tries to point out is that what the eyes are drawn to won’t bring a sense of fulfillment to the heart. Tom, while an odd boy, shares Willow’s habits and has a relatable backstory to her.

But, unfortunately, this is but a 20-minute short which goes through a slew of other guys who are all different versions of weird. Because of that, we don’t get to the point of seeing Willow truly get butterflies and feel torn between what the heart needs and what the eyes want. It’s established enough for you to get the point but not be taken all the way.


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