Spontaneous movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s fearless, entertaining and hilarious, but also surprisingly deep; great for teen and high-school audiences. Spontaneous is literally just a dark comedy about high-school students exploding.


When their classmates begin to literally explode one by one for no reason, high-school seniors Mara and Dylan form a close bond as they decide to live life as if each moment may be their last.

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Movie details

Director: Brian Duffield
Cast: Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Yvonne Orji, Piper Perabo, Rob Huebel, Hayley Law
Writer: Brian Duffield
Release Date (Australia): 28 October 2020
Runtime: 101 minutes/1h 41m
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

Thematic content in the film includes science fiction themes.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features several depictions of body-explosions that feature bloody gore detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film features frequent use of the word “f**k”.

Drug Use (MA15+)

The film features verbal drug references, depictions of characters smoking marijuana and a character experiencing hallucinations after taking magic mushrooms.

Sex (PG)

The film includes mild crude sexual humour in the form of several verbal sex references throughout.

mpaa rating

R (for teen drug and alcohol use, language and bloody images throughout)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Spontaneous probably would’ve been nearly perfect if it had kept on mysteriously blowing up high-school students in hilarious and shocking scenes. But instead of doing that and slowly figuring out the puzzle behind the situation, the film completely flips all of that at the halfway point. This is where audiences will find a surprising depth to this high-school black comedy, but it won’t work for people who want the tone to remain the same throughout the entire film, from beginning to end.

The film stars Katherine Langford and Charlie Plummer as two teenaged high-school students who decide to bond and live life as if each moment were their last after their classmates begin literally exploding. This is a movie thats script and idea would probably be denied and ignored so many times just because of how ridiculous it is. Surprisingly though, it makes for an extremely original and utterly hilarious high-school comedy with shockingly over-the-top body-explosion effects and a fantastic pace.

Unfortunately, that all changes for the worse when there’s a big and shocking heart-stabber in the middle of the film that turns it from body-exploding comedy to an unnecessary but fearless drama. This movie actually starts to dull down a bit after the midway point and as the themes are only tackling grief and life instead of just a little bit of the crazy situation. The performances become serious and the comedic tone is killed. This will really surprise and move some viewers, but it won’t work for others.

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