For People In Trouble (2023) – Movie Review and Summary (with Spoilers)

Jenny (Emma D'Arcy)

In this step-by-step short regarding an environmental apocalypse, a couple meets, reaches a high, and falls apart as their means of fighting what’s coming differs short term, and the long-term goal is unable to unite them.

Film Summary

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Paul met Jenny outside a pub, with her taking a bit more initiative than he was. However, they grew close, he opened up more, and the next thing both knew, they were in a relationship, and the world was going to hell. But, while Paul sought their love as a means of resistance, Jenny chose something more radical, and eventually, it seems they must meet an impasse as their lives divulge further and further from one another.

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.


Paul (Archie Madekwe)
“Paul (Archie Madekwe),” For People In Trouble, directed by Alex Lawther, 2023, (Tribeca Film Festival)

Paul is a nice, family-oriented young man who is aware of what is happening but doesn’t become an activist until things go bad.


From her first appearance, Jenny seemed chill. However, she became a radical activist as the world went to hell.


Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)Recommended

Notable Performances or Moments

You Get Invested

“For People In Trouble” hits you from different directions. Jenny and Paul make a cute couple. Jenny is a bit weird, on-brand for D’Arcy, but with Paul, they are cute, and you want to see the details of their relationship. You want to see them meet Paul’s family, be lovey-dovey outside this one location most of the short takes place, and get a sense of their rise, plateau, and fall in full effect.

Also, in terms of what is happening around them, beyond how it affects their relationship, this draws you in too. Jenny mentions one thing about what is going on in the world, but from it going to that to sterilization laws, her being in terrorist attacks, and more? Things ramp up quickly over the span of 16 minutes, and while this cute romance is a hook, there is so much beyond that you want all the details for.

General Information

Director(s) Alex Lawther
Screenplay By Alex Lawther
Based On N/A
Date Released (Film Festival – Tribeca Film Festival) June 19, 2023
Genre(s) Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Film Length 16 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Characters and Cast
Paul Archie Madekwe
Jenny Emma D’Arcy


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What Is “For People In Trouble” Rated And Why?

“For People In Trouble” is not rated but features cursing and drinking.

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    1. Unfortunately, like most shorts that premiere at film festivals, it is difficult to say if this may ever be accessible to the public.

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