SENSITIVITY TRAINING – A Review by Cynthia Flores
A film for anyone tired of political correctness overload. The lead, Dr. Serena Wolf (Anna Lise Phillips), is a misanthropic character that says things like “Were you born this way or just dropped on your head as a baby?” She is really smart and lacks any social graces. Think along the lines of the character of Sheldon on TV's The Big Bang Theory, only not as likeable. It’s all about science for her. She’s being blamed for a college Dr. Laura Stern (Challen Cates) killing herself after Dr. Wolf tells her off in a jealous fit.
The upbeat, gay psychologist and sensitivity coach, Dr. Caroline Saunders (Jill E. Alexander), is hired and tasked to work a program of Extreme Behaviour Modification with Dr. Wolf. Caroline will also be deciding if Dr. Wolf can change enough to keep her job at the University. The film shows the very funny, hard fought for friendship that ultimately develops between these two polar opposites.
The middle of the film is a little slow as we watch the cold Dr. Wolf become a real person, but the funny dialogue is worth the slow pacing. It’s funny watching her coworkers react to her changing. Because Caroline is gay with a partner and Dr. Wolf is having such a nice time hanging out with her, she begins to question her heterosexual standing because she has never had a friend before and did not know what it felt like. All this while, Dr. Wolf and her research team try to crack the code on a virus that is resistant to drugs.
Sensitivity Training is a cute chick flick worth the hour and twenty-seven minutes to watch it. I give it a B- Rating.
Directed by Melissa Finell
Written By Melissa Finell
Selig Rating B-
Running Time 1 hr 27 min
Release VOD and DVD February 28th
Starring: Anna Lise Philips, Jill Alexander, Quinn Marcus, Amy Madigan, Charles Haid, Amy Vorpahl, Andy Gala, Michael Laskin, Gregory Itzin, Finnegan Haid, Courtney Fansler, Tessa Goss, Challen Cates
The Selig Rating Scale:
A – Excellent movie, well worth the price.
B – Good movie
C – OK movie
D – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
F – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.