From Feel the Reel’s recent review of Ginny Has a Grunge Band. The complete review may be found at http://www.feelthereeliff.com/ginny-has-a-grunge-band-review:
“Most movies nowadays seem to be focused on grand adventures out of reality that portray superhuman heroes achieving feats unthinkable for real people. The superhero genre dominates the big screen and even the small screen with movies based on original or established comic book universes. While this is great and shows that cinema is finally up to date with the human imagination, it is sometimes important to share stories about the common everyday heroes who may not be out there saving the universe from destruction but still find the strength to wake up every day, face their own problems, and keep the world running — which can often be a harder, more important endeavor.
Ginny has a Grunge Band tells the story of a young woman fresh out of college who now must face the reality that she´s been preparing to enter a world that doesn’t actually exist anymore. Ginny holds a degree in a field that is no longer so sought after; she has a crippling debt on her back, no good job prospects, and soon finds out her mother has spent the money saved to pay for her college loans. Not only that, but her new stepfather, with whom she is forced to live, is a violent man who physically abuses Ginny´s mother and even once tries to rape Ginny herself.
As the story progresses, things slowly start to look better. Ginny gets a job at an old chicken restaurant where she used to work and is actually on the fast track to becoming a manager. While this is still a horrible job, it at least puts some money on the table. And thanks to the job, Ginny meets new friends who share a common interest with her — grunge music. They start getting together to jam and soon enough find themselves forming a band.
Ginny tries to confront her mother with the reality of her horrible husband, but the mother seems to be oblivious, preferring to live a life of fear and pain instead of stepping out of her comfort zone, pushing her daughter away in favor of the abusive new man in her life. Ginny has to abandon her mother´s house in a rush, feeling depressed and defeated, but just as her new job paved the way for her meeting new friends, this new debacle allows her to meet Selah, a kind young soul who sees the value behind Ginny´s pain. Soon the two become a couple.
The plot of Ginny has a Grunge Band is quite straightforward, without any turns or flashbacks or too many surprises, but in a market saturated with movies containing dozens of twists and plot devices used as a way to shock and intrigue the audience, it is refreshing to read a script that manages to build rapport without resorting to cheap tricks. The story has a troubled beginning, a knot where all hell breaks loose, and an ending where problems are resolved in a believable way.
The manner in which Ginny acquires her independence is believable because she doesn’t suddenly become a super strong character who kicks her stepfather out and wins the lottery, or who stumbles upon her dream job (well a little), but because she works hard and has the emotional intelligence to step out of harm’s way and make good decisions.
The story teaches that from a horrible predicament can eventually sprout something good, as long as people remain constant and dedicated to the good they can do, focusing on building good relationships and discarding toxic ones.”