October 29, 2018  (Web Review)

Never Goin’ Back

Lionsgate, 85 min., R, DVD: $19.98, Blu-ray: $24.99, Oct. 30

Reviewer rating: 2.0/4

Filmmaker Augustine Frizzell’s debut comic feature focuses on Jessie (Camila Morrone) and Angela (Maia Mitchell), high-school dropouts who are not just BFFs but also waitresses at the same suburban Dallas diner. The pair live in a dumpy rental house with Jessie’s goofy brother Dustin (Joel Allen), who dreams of scoring a big drug deal with his “squad”—dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks Ryan (Matthew Holcomb) and hotshot “gangsta” Tony (Kendal Smith). The girls want to go to Galveston for a good time, but when Dustin’s big score blows up in his face, they wind up in juvenile hall, losing their home and jobs. Instead of taking this as a sign to buckle down, the two plan a robbery at a sandwich shop to get the cash to finance their vacation. Never Goin’ Back is loaded with scatological gags, drug humor, and distinctly kinky sexual action, as well as a couple of instances of projectile vomiting (for fans of that). But the main characters are clueless, self-absorbed dimwits in this girls-gone-wild movie that is sporadically funny but deep down rather depressing. Optional. (F. Swietek)