DR. BRINKS & DR. BRINKS must have been a project of love for writer/director Josh Crockett as he had to publicly raise funds to complete the film. To Crockett’s credit, it is a worthy effort that is relatively entertaining but no masterpiece.
DR. BRINKS & DR. BRINKS is a dysfunctional family comedy/drama (too many Brinks spoil the broth) with more comedy than drama though the drama is still pretty intense in parts. The title refers to the husband and wife doctor team who work with the Doctors without Borders. They spend more time with children in underdeveloped nations that with their own. This results in their own children not really knowing their own parents or family for that matter. Two of the siblings who hardly see each other are brought together as a result of their sudden death from an airplane crash with disastrous results.
The story devotes almost equal screen time to the brother Marcus Brinks (Scott Rodgers) and sister Michelle Brinks (Kristin Slayman). Marcus has a relationship with Alex (Ashley Spillers). A bit more time is spent on Michelle with her character being right most of the time, likely because Slayman playing her is the film’s producer and the wife of the director in real life. Marcus sports a thick beard and there is a lot of free sex (including bondage and kinky sex) involved so one can guess that director Crockett aims at the new age free spirited era of the forgotten 70’s. The sexual encounters liven the film as well as reveal certain characteristics of the siblings.
To add fuel to the fire, Kristin begins a sexual relationship with Alex’s father Bill (Robert Longstreet). She knows it is wrong but cannot stop it. Bill thinks he is in love all over again and the best thing that has happened to him. While Marcus finds out, he becomes visibly upset while Alex is unaware initially. This incident makes up a good part of the film and is used as the catalyst to rock and then stabilize the various relationships.
The film’s main aim is the examination of the relationship between the siblings amidst varying circumstances. Besides the problem stated, it is also revealed that the house that Marcus and Alex live in is still in the parents’ name and has to be liquidated to pay off their debt. But this plot point could have been left out in the script without affecting much. The actor playing the lawyer (Roger Guenveur Smith) is pretty good.
As Marcus’ vocation is singer/songwriter, the film has a nice break when a few of his catchy songs are performed.
The film lacks as strong conclusion thus creating an unsatisfying feeling for the audience that the film is leading nowhere. Though more comedy than drama, the comedy is light at best and the drama that escalates towards the film’s end is somewhat predictable.
DR. BRINKS & DR. BRINKS opens in the U.S. this Friday in select theatres and is available video on demand on September 4th.