‘Kelly and Cal’ is a Sad Self-Absorbed Tale

Review of the movie, "Kelly & Cal"
Kelly (Juliette Lewis) and Cal (Jonny Weston) celebrate their missed proms
by spray-painting the inside of a high school in ‘Kelly & Cal.’ 
(Spring Pictures)

Though the title says Kelly and Cal, this indie film focuses a lot more on Kelly (Juliette Lewis) and her postpartum depression than it does Cal, her 17-year-old wheelchair-bound neighbor. Kelly has recently moved to a location that is close by her husband’s work and his relatives. She is in a funk and has a hard time meeting the neighbors. She finds a “mommies’ group” at the park, but they basically give her the cold shoulder. Her pre-occupied husband, Josh (Josh Hopkins) somehow knows the magic formula on how to get their baby to sleep. This would seem helpful, but it only makes Kelly feel like a failure as a mother.

One day when Kelly can’t handle the sounds of her crying baby, she sneaks out for a smoke and meets the abrupt and incredibly rude Cal (Jonny Weston). Kelly is initially disgusted with the guy, but comes back to Cal’s garage-turned-bedroom daily to hear more of Cal’s rants about life. The two build an awkward friendship that appears to work well for both of them and the more time Kelly spends with Cal, the better she feels about herself.

Kelly is a former punk-rocker and Cal was an artist before his accident that caused him to surrender his life to the wheelchair and lose control of fine motor movements. The two share beers together and Kelly tells herself that the budding friendship is only that, but Cal seems to be taking things a bit more seriously.

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