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Losing Control (Blu-ray Review)

6 Oct, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 10/9/12
House Lights Media
Box Office $0.02 million
$24.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, ‘R’ for some sexual content and language.
Stars Miranda Kent, Reid Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Bitsie Tulloch.

Samantha (Miranda Kent) has been conducting experiments all her life, and now that the determined scientist is in her late 20s, it’s the best way she knows how to resolve the issues in her life.

It becomes apparent, however, that she has grown to put too much weight on science, which gets her into a whole mess of trouble when her supportive boyfriend of five years, Ben (Reid Scott), proposes to her. Whereas Samantha’s answer should have been a resounding “yes,” considering marriage at this stage lines up with the goals she made for herself, she says she needs to prove that Ben is “the one.” The couple splits because of her indecisiveness.

Samantha has also been under stress since her Ph.D. project — her discovery of the “Y-Kill” protein, which kills sperm carrying the Y chromosome, ensuring that babies will be born without genetic disease — has yet to yield results for four years. It’s preventing her from graduating and moving on with her life. And her nagging, paranoid mother’s (Lin Shaye) antics don’t help matters.

Leslie (Kathleen Robertson), Samantha’s promiscuous friend, suggests that Samantha engage in a series of one-night stands, or experiments, as she calls them, to see if she should marry Ben after all. This may not be the most logical method, but it does yield interesting results. Meanwhile, Ben has moved on with his colleague, Trudy (Bitsie Tulloch), while the two are on a fellowship in China.

Losing Control is a pleasant surprise, with its quirky characters and hysterical, situational comedy moments. The film takes an outrageous, unexpected turn when Samantha realizes what a mistake she’s made with Ben and then gets to the bottom of why her Y-Kill experiment has failed for so long. The journey for Samantha — and the viewer — proves rewarding.

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