#MovieReview: Netflix’ “Ibiza” epic party scenes, not much else


Director: Alex Richanbach
Screenplay: Lauryn Kahn
Music: Jeff Morrow
Starring: Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer, Phoebe Robinson, Richard Madden,
Running Time: 1 hr 44 min

A girls’ trip abroad turns into a crazy, strobe light extravaganza as soon as Harper (Gillian Jacobs), Nikki (Vanessa Bayer) and Leah (Phoebe Robinson) land in Barcelona, Spain. What should be a fun work trip goes off the rails when Harper meets a handsome DJ, Leo West (Richard Madden) and strikes up a connection that she simply has to follow up on, leading to the group taking a plane to the party island of Ibiza to attend his next performance and hopefully run into him, putting her job at risk in the pursuit of happiness.

This is a tale of youth and desire, with the dark cloud of adulting and responsibility looming over the lead character. It is highly relatable to all 20-30 somethings trying to grow up and make it in life while still maintaining some form of their youth. The sheer pressure of the balancing act is well embodied by the lead character, however, the dialogue does ensure that this is not fully explored throughout the film as the scenes with actual conversation between the girls are very brief and superficial. This would be easy to overlook if the dialogue was sufficiently humorous, however, it is not and is slightly disappointing in that regard; highlighting the aforementioned glaring errors even clearer.

Despite this, the film is an exciting watch and the cast was solid, it is truly fun throughout. The fast-paced transitions, party scenes that did feel accurate and the cast’s relaxed embodiment of delirium was a journey away from the normally crazed, wide-eyed, incoherent representation usually presented on film which was quite refreshing.

The soundtrack was fantastic, and the cast was solid but did not get to stretch their legs with the dialogue, it wasn’t very funny, but it was fun. You could watch it, but you wouldn’t miss out on much if you didn’t.

Rating: 2.5/5




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