premiered exclusively a few weeks ago on Netflix‘Espontánea’ is a nice and, at the same time, brutal romantic comedy for young people that gathers the best tradition of gore comedy and modernizes it. This is the directorial debut of Brian Duffield, who had already written a few hits, such as ‘Jane’s Revenge’, ‘Underwater’, ‘The Babysitter’ or ‘Of Love and Monsters’.
Here she tells us the story of a high school senior who, just as she begins a curious romantic story, discovers that she and any of her classmates can explode at any moment. From then on, all her efforts will be focused on finding the logic of such an extraordinary event to try to avoid her destiny, in a script structure reminiscent of the ‘Final Destination’ movies, but with the romantic added.
Duffield shows that knows how to combine the resources of romantic and light stories with a youth setting with the topics of the fantastic. He has done it previously in ‘The Babysitter’ and ‘Of love and monsters’, where he focused his attention on the power games in the high school environment or the youthful enthusiasm that leads to doing crazy things for who is believed to be the object of adoration definitive.
‘Spontaneous’ is a light-hearted, playful comedy, and it benefits greatly, on the one hand, from its cast led by Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer. And on the other, for its multiple cinematic winks, which include films as diverse as ‘Red telephone? We flew to Moscow’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Scanners’, ‘ET the extraterrestrial’, ‘Back to the future’, ‘The X Files’ or ‘Traffic’.