Sorry Ellen, I love you, I do. But Mouth to Mouth seriously sucked. I have been reading mixed reviews on this flick for the most part, and frankly I found the movie to just confuse, and suck the life out of me. Granted, Ellen does a great job at portraying her character Sherry; for the most part the whole plot was just boring, and confusing.
We start off with Ellen Page playing a young runaway named Sherry. While in the streets of Europe she runs into a group of homeless folks who have some sort of stupid message. She is passed a flier, and decides to join this group of homeless nomads. They have a group called SPARK, which represents, Street People Armed with Radical Knowledge.
Basically what we have is a trashed old van which carries a group of hopeless druggies, to try and reform them. At least that what I could gather, the whole message was just senseless.
From the get go, I had a sense that something horrible was going to happen to young Sherry, armed with nothing more than a backpack, and a will to be free.
Sherry of course meets up with this group of homeless people in the back of some sort of warehouse where they are all piled into this SPARK labeled van sleeping.
The ring leader of this group is an older scruffy looking chap named Harry. He seems to have some sort of message to tell, and he seems to be charismatic enough as to where people are willing to believe in him enough to follow where he leads, while cutting off all ties to their lives back home.
The plot is confusing, and I continued to watch hoping to make some sort of sense of things, but the further and further the movie went on the more ridiculous, and poorly sketched out it became.
At any rate, you get an immediate sense that Harry is preying on young vulnerable people who don’t really have anything better to do with their lives. Harry seems cleaner, and seems to have this iron fist authority about him.
While on a road trip to some event, the youngest member ends up dying while dumpster diving for food. When Harry states he wants to leave the boy behind Mad Ax, one of the Spark members is not hearing it. Before making it to this big Woodstock type event Mad Ax displays a very gut wrenching sad scene where he is holding the boys dead body. Frankly I think this was the most interesting scene in the entire movie, seeing that it seemed so very real, and I was able to get an immediate sense of sadness. Well done.
Fast forward to the big event. They leave the body of the boy in the van, and light it on fire. Sherry is slipped some acid, and nearly loses her virginity to one of the Spark members she had a slight crush on.
Meanwhile at the same event, roaming around is Sherry’s mother. Sherry made the mistake of calling her mom to tell her where she was going. Sherry’s mom naturally seeks her out, and oddly enough manages to find her within the crowd.
Just when you think the movie was to end, it continues on into a new odd realm of confusion.
Sherry and her mother get into a fight after her mother attempted to take her home. Sherry should have just been a good little runaway and been grateful that mom came to rescue her from this group.
Instead she takes off on her own, and manages to find her way back to the group. I don’t know how things unfolded, but when she shows up to a large vineyard, her mom is already there.
Frankly I was baffled by this whole unexpected, unlikely event, and even more so when her mother announces she too will be joining Spark.
At this point the drama begins to unfold, and we really get a taste of how evil Harry is. His means of punishment are cruel and unusual, and for the most part it seems like what he did was board up a bunch of homeless, low self esteem folks and brought them to his vineyard for free slave labor.
Punishments include being put in a well for 36 hours, or longer. Rules are constantly added, and the reign of terror becomes unbearable for Sherry, whom loses her virginity in a harsh circumstance to the emperor of evil.
Without ruining the tiresome confusing ending, I will just say that the flick was very sleepy, with a lack of a compelling plot, and an unbelievable (not GOOD unbelievable), fake ending.
If you are going to see Mouth to Mouth, see it if you are a huge fan of Ellen Page, otherwise just spare yourself the boredom.