Mona is an odd person who often keeps to herself, but when she's about to breakdown several months into her pregnancy she goes to her alcoholic mother and lesbian sister. They are both in the middle of their own seperate problems, and can't take care of a wreck like Mona.
If you've seen Drew Tobia's short film "Leperfuck", then it comes to no surprise to you when I say that "See You Next Tuesday" is a very trashy, psychotic comedy drama. It might not push the grotesque as far, but it certainly wants to disturb your comfort from start to finish. All that should be given within its title, as many characters within the movie are - without sugarcoating it like the title does - cunts.
Mona is lonely, poor, struggling to get along with co-workers and very, very pregnant. Exactly how far along we don't know - neither does she. Nor does she know the baby is even still alive. She's an oddball, and she doesn't care about much in the world. But even her life could get more sour, and that's what's about to happen as she has a breakdown. She tries to cope by staying close to her mother, but she suffering from her own drunken demons as an alcoholic. Her mother has finally had enough, and Mona tries to go to her lesbian sister's place - where she finds even less help. But Mona's breakdown is in some weird way forcing the family to face the problems they have with each other.
"See You Next Tuesday" is another one of those indie movies about the daily routines or very close, personal situations of a person. It wanders without a set goal, but it tries to deliver a portrayal that keeps you invested. And with that, it does it better than many others. The characters are... peculiar. They have some serious fucking issues, every single one of them. Most of the time we struggle to even like our lead, Mona. That's not a bad thing though, it's what keeps us interested. It's just repulsive and wrong in many ways.
Like many of these indie comedies, the ending is not always the most important part. It's also why they never become favorites of mine, but still entertain me enough. Glimpses into lives is a fun idea, I really think so. "See You Next Tuesday" moves, but it doesn't move quite enough for such an eccentric movie. There are few surprises and twists, no real lows because it's always low, and just a few highs. Overall the movie is actually fun, but some of these things will keep me from revisiting it, and it's why it won't stay in my mind after the credits ends. Just a little bigger goal would have helped a lot.
The acting is great, I can't deny that. Eleanore Pienta is perfect as Mona, she's cute but a rude asshole that we're sort of forced to identify with. Molly Plunk as Jordan is the extremely vulgar and hard-to-handle sister with almost more problems than Mona and she's a vital part of the movie. Dana Eskelson is the mother who doesn't always shine, but to me came out as the nicest character - a struggling mother if there ever was one. These three actresses are all doing a great job with their characters, without taking the attention from the rest of the cast. The director has created a nice little community of fucked up people here.
Drew Tobia and his "See You Next Tuesday" is a meaner, bleaker, cruder, grosser and more unique version of Diablo Cody and her "Juno". It loses some of its steam once we feel it's not really heading anywhere, but that's also what it intended so to some that will work better. This is a style that many indie comedies adapt nowadays, and I have no personal problem with it, but sometimes I feel I need a little more. Because "See You Next Tuesday" is going all out from the start, it's hard not to wish for a harder punch in the end. I still enjoyed the movie and think you should check it out if you want a trashy tragicomedy.