This Loneliness Review [2015 TCFF]

This Loneliness
  • Directing7.7
  • Writing8
  • Acting7.7

C.B. Jacobson's This Loneliness is a no-budget coming-of-age comedy that excels because of its three-punch directing/writing/acting efforts, manned by Jacobson and supported by a tight-knit cast that share lots of chemistry and even more laughs.


C.B. Jacobson‘s This Loneliness is a no-budget coming-of-age comedy about a group of young men as they tackle their fear of women in a way that any growing college kid would. This Loneliness is a well-acted, directed and written film that bursts with laughter almost as much as it does with its honest sense of realism, thanks to its close-knit cast and on-point direction and writing.

Steven (Corey Smith), Russell (C.B. Jacobson) and Ben (Mike Peterson) are three college-aged kids facing the world of women the way any college kid would. None of them have had a girlfriend, let alone lost their virginity, which makes college a pivotal moment in their life.

Steven’s luck might be a little better, having constant lunch and dinner dates with a longtime friend named Robin (Breann Thorne), although Russell and Ben point out that he’s probably never going to make a move and be doomed to the never-ending friend zone for life.

That doesn’t stop Russell and Ben from trying on their own, with Ben slowly (and in the shiest of manners) trying to build up the courage to ask his study buddy out, while Russell dreams of Michelle’s (Diana Ellie Vin) ass on a daily basis.

They’re just three normal guys trying to become a little less sheltered and maybe a little more educated in the ways of women, life and learning from it all.

C.B. Jacobson‘s This Loneliness starts out wearing its no-budget on its sleeve and then slowly sucking you in with its skilled and precise direction, thoughtful and witty writing and perfectly cast acting.

Every single core aspect of This Loneliness works more than you’d think and betters the film almost instantly. This Loneliness isn’t some slow and pointless student film. It’s a well-made film by an artist with eye for real characters and real emotion.

The film’s subject matter may sound raunchy and shallow, but the way Jacobson dances around it and eventually reveals the whole story is thoughtful and full of heart, even if the men starring in the film don’t want to admit it.

You can tell that This Loneliness was made with an incredible amount of passion and hard work, because every single detail looks and feels planned out, despite the crews restricting budget and resources.

Jacobson’s direction is constantly challenging the screen and presenting new shots, while the writing feels so natural and fluid.

The acting only helps those points, with stars Corey Smith, C.B. Jacobson, Mike Peterson, Diana Ellie Vin and Breann Thorne showing a chemistry that never feels artificial or forceful.

The relationship between the three young men progresses at a rapid-fire pace that suggests the three were already friends before the film, while their interactions with the ladies reveals the characters’ lack of experience and nerves in a way that’s relatable and engrossing.

We’ve all been there in some way or another and This Loneliness best captures that feeling through its honest characters and hilarious writing, which never lightens up on the jokes.

Perhaps the film’s biggest weakness is the ending, which didn’t sit well with me and felt completely unsatisfying, but bold in its landing. It’s one of those things that’s either going to make or break the film for you.

It doesn’t discredit the rest of the film, but it definitely lessened the already awesome experience that I was having discovering life and exploring it through these relatable characters that C.B. Jacobson has managed to assemble and detail.

I really do have to tip my hat to Jacobson. His efforts as the director/writer and one of the main cast members is impressive, not to sell short the rest of his amazing cast, including an energetic Corey Smith, a bizarrely funny Mike Peterson and a sweet and revealing Diana Ellie Vin that almost takes over the second half of the film as her character blends in even more with the story.

And I can’t forget about Breann Thorne‘s key performance as Robin. She might not get as much of the screen time during the middle of the film, but her presence in the beginning and end help round out This Loneliness and make it feel complete.

This Loneliness is a strong film to show at the 2015 Twin Cities Film Fest, because it promotes local filmmakers and proves just how little of importance a budget can be when you have such talented crew and cast members willing to give it their all and make a film that’s engaging and honest, while also raunchy and hilarious. This Loneliness is a festival gem that’s waiting to be discovered.

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