Premature provides us with one of the most predictable and unoriginal teen films in recent memory, but despite this, remains somewhat watchable.
A simple concept that provides us with a bit of a Groundhog Day and American Pie mashup gives us a high school kid that needs to relive the same day over and over again, until he rights some cosmic wrong and can move on to the next day. The only twist that has been provided to this script, to ensure it is not a complete rip-off, is that our main character restarts the day every time he has an orgasm, usually at some kind of inappropriate time. Then he restarts the day, waking up to his mother walking in on him after a wet dream.
The results are unsurprisingly stale and not hilarious.
We get the same pattern of understanding what he is going through. At first he is confused. Then he tries to push the boundaries, knowing that he will have to relive the day anyways (oh my god, he touches the breasts of his chesty English teacher! Edgy!), and then an understanding of what he needs to do to make things right and move on.
Despite average jokes sprinkled in here and there, and an ending that is predictable from minute six of the film, Premature provides some very mild entertainment, mainly because of a couple of the cast members.
The central character is portrayed by John Kama, and he is ok. We don’t really care about him, he is often as dull and annoying as he is enjoyable, but he doesn’t ruin the film by any stretch of the imagination. Sometimes, his dull, bored, uncaring teenager shtick is somewhat enjoyable. He goes through the film, trying to lose his virginity to a girl that is out of his league, while at the same time trying to decide if he really does want to do well on his Georgetown college entrance interview. His father is an alum, and of course wants nothing more than for his son to go to the same school as he did. I suppose this passes as a central conflict, as he needs to realize what he really wants in life. Any surprise guesses at the ending?
The only real highlight of the film is Katie Findlay, who plays the female best friend to our orgasming protagonist, Gabrielle. Findlay, who I know best as playing the dead Rosie Larsen on The Killing, is a breath of fresh air in the movie. She is able to come across as cute, fun, and charming, right from the beginning. She is able to use up what little there is of a meager script, and create a female character that we actually really enjoy. Sure, she remains a template from nearly every other teen drama where there is the girl that we all know should be with the lead, but he never sees it that way until the very end, but Findlay makes it work, and we like her. While Findlay has had minor roles here and there, from what I can see on IMDB, she seems like the has the poise and potential for more in her career. She could probably bang out a few more teen roles, but there is potential in her acting, and she is imminently likable on the screen, to the point where by the end of Premature, we kind of wish that the film had been centered on her, instead of the actual main character.
At the end of the film, we know that we have seen this before. All of it. There is actually nothing new in Premature, but it is okay enough to not hate it, or to hate yourself for watching it. I know that nobody is going to fire up Netflix and choose Premature expecting something fresh and original. But this one is exactly what you expect from it, offering nothing new. There are definitely worse teen films out there, like Alpha House, but there a ton of ones that are better. This one is near the bottom of the barrel, but isn’t quite swirling the drain.