This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 57. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE. To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.
Agoraphobia and Imaginary BFFs: “Lost Inside”
Buckle up for a movie review that’s gonna hit you like a warm slice of pepperoni on a bad anxiety day. I’m talkin’ about “Lost Inside,” this 2022 indie flick that snuck up on me and gave my feels a good ol’ rollercoaster ride.
So, picture this: Benji, our protagonist, is basically a rockstar hermit. Dude hasn’t stepped outside his apartment in five years, thanks to a major case of agoraphobia that’s turned his world into the size of his shoebox-sized kitchen. Enter Sylvia, the perky new neighbor who’s like a ray of sunshine in Benji’s dusty existence. But guess what? She’s not the only new face – there’s also Jordan, Benji’s imaginary rockstar bestie who looks suspiciously like Ryan Reynolds and dispenses snarky wisdom in equal measure.
What really got me hooked was how “Lost Inside” tackled mental health. It wasn’t preachy or sugarcoated – it just dropped you right into Benji’s shoes, letting you feel the panic attacks, the crippling self-doubt, the whole shebang. And let me tell you, Spencer Scruggs absolutely nails it. This dude carries the movie on his hunched shoulders, making Benji both pathetic and endearing, lost and lovable. Plus, Serra Naiman as Sylvia is a breath of fresh air, all sunshine and sass. ☀️
As for the imaginary Jordan? Well, let’s just say Ryan Reynolds would be proud. His quips are sharp enough to cut diamonds, and his bromance with Benji is one for the history books. They’re like the Thelma and Louise of agoraphobia, driving their metaphorical anxiety-mobile straight into the face of fear.
One thing that really stuck with me is how the film shows the tiny victories. It’s not about some grand cure-all moment; it’s about taking a baby step outside, having movie night in your hallway, and maybe, just maybe, letting someone in.
Yeah, there were some wobbly bits – the pacing dragged a tad in the middle, and the ending felt a smidge predictable. But hey, who needs a perfectly predictable sunset when you’ve got a messy, honest sunrise filled with self-discovery?
So, if you’re looking for a movie that’s gonna make you laugh, cry, and maybe even order takeout, do yourself a favor and check out “Lost Inside.” It’s a quirky, heartwarming gem that’ll remind you that even when you’re lost in your own head, there’s always a way out, and sometimes, the best company you can have is a sarcastic imaginary rockstar who helps you to keep it real.
Until next time, stay weird and keep chasing those tiny victories,