Inspired by a religious premise with a pretty good cast, Trust Fund (also known as Prodigal Girl) is actually quite an interesting film.
Trust Fund (2016) Film Review
Doing life without the burdens of responsibility is what Reese Donahue (Jessica Rothe) is looking for. Recently back in Chicago after a vacation in Italy, she’s actively working on her first novel, and has a publisher interested in buying it, but she fell in love with the Italian lifestyle… and a guy. Now she wants to go back but the mounting pressures of her father (Kevin Kliner) to join the family business and her uptight, perfect sister, Audrey (Louise Dylan) cause Reese to do the unthinkable. From the company, she takes the 5 million she discovers her mother left her, and returns to Italy.
In time, everything goes wrong which forces Reese to look at her life and make a choice.
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Like anything you find on a Friday night while scrolling Prime, sometimes you end up with a gem and other times you find a dud. Trust Fund falls in-between. Surprisingly, given how bad the ratings are, it’s actually really very good. Where the low opinion may be justified is in some of the production quality. Things like a shaky camera (occasionally), slow pace (there could have been some trim) or maybe loud background noise may bug some viewers. The film also does this effect thing that shows an important scene, but doesn’t let us hear the conversation. In this it’s more of a “show, don’t tell” kind of scenario.
Apart from this, this film is good. It has Biblical underpinnings (the Prodigal Son story) and even in its quiet nature, this film is absorbing and subtly powerful. There’s a heartwarming quality to the relationships though not everything explains itself fully, there’s goodness here. The lovely scenery is a highlight as is some good acting which not only includes Jessica Rothe (from the charming Forever My Girl), but also Willie Garson (White Collar), Ana Ortiz and Louise Dylan (BBC’s Emma.). Plus. This is directed by Sandra L. Martin, who is familiar to anyone who loves cute TV films.
Bottom line, this film does impress. There’s a good story with a little romance, too and an ending that will make any romantic swoon. At the heart, it’s worth sticking with, and that matters.
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You can find Trust Fund (2016) digitally on Amazon Video (at publication, it’s on Prime)
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Content: this one is clean save for the implication that an unmarried couple are living together. There’s also some illegal activity, but nothing violent. The film is PG.