Now on Hulu, Save Yourselves! is an indie comedy asking the pressing question: If millennial Brooklynites were faced with learning survival techniques in order to endure a space-alien invasion, would they just roll over and let themselves be anal-probed? GLOW star Sunita Mani plays half of a hipster couple in just such a predicament, and the film avoids a lot of the obvious jokes in its quest to be War of the Worlds for tightrolled pants-wearers addicted to quinoa and Instagram.
Here’s how it happens, mostly, without giving it all away. Jack and Su’s friend, who quit a soulless gig in finance to raft surfboards out of environmentally evil algae, gives them the keys to his fancy cabin upstate. They vow to cold-turkey unplug for a week — no phones, no social media, no Googling hiking trails, no news feeds, no contact whatsoever with the rest of reality, no hope, no reason to live. They pack up their sourdough starter, a pet that needs constant care, and a variety of soaps in small bottles, and venture to the wilderness to reconnect with each other and themselves and nature but probably not really any of that? We’ll see.
What Movies Will It Remind You Of?: This is the terrifically amusing intersection between While We’re Young and Critters.
Memorable Dialogue: “Check CNN. Check Twitter. Check Facebook.” — When they FINALLY get a phone signal, Su instructs Jack to find out what’s going on.
Sex and Skin: None.
Our Take: Save Yourselves! isn’t quite Millennials are Useless Suckwads: The Movie, but speaking as a Gen-Xer who doesn’t see himself implicated in the satire, it’s close. Su and Jack are two incredibly frustrating characters, relentlessly self-involved, living half their lives in the glow of their phones and the other half inside their bellybuttons. They aren’t the movie’s only targets though; there’s a scene in which a boomer woman shows a far crueler shade of self-involvement that exonerates Jack and Su somewhat. “We have no skills,” Su observes, and I laughed heartily, thankful to exist in the commonsensical space between assholes and the helpless.
Our Call: STREAM IT. Save Yourselves! is well-written, consistently amusing and offbeat without veering into indie-quirksville or going for broad, easy laughs.
John Serba is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more of his work at johnserbaatlarge.com or follow him on Twitter: .
Watch Save Yourselves! on Hulu