Turnaround Jake (NR)
Comedy 95 June 20, 2014
The problem isn't Turnaround Jake's patriotism or its religious overtones, but that writer Shawn S. and director Jared Isham present every character, plot twist, and line of dialogue in the broadest, most simplistic terms. Jacob represents (and is often little more than a mouthpiece for) cutthroat business practices, and when he's rebutted by his father's new flame, it sounds like a couple of opposing political tracts sprung to life. The acting is largely competent, given the flatness of the material, with scenes between Jacob and his heartbroken ex-girlfriend, Jessica (Jen Lilley), being significantly more than that; they crackle with real tension and emotion. It gives nothing away to say that there is a very happy ending.