David (Josh Brenner) has recently graduated college and has himself a decent paying, 9 to 5 job, as a consultant. When out partying with his pals, he meets Kate (Alexandra Daddario), a gorgeous woman who appears to be way out of his league. They quickly hit it off and his life appears to be complete, that is until he loses his job. Desperate to make money, David gets the bright idea to start selling weed in order to make ends meet. He posts an ad on Craigslist and his sales go through the roof. Constantly on the go and making drops, his relationships with his friends and with Kate become strained. He just loses himself in the job and instead of making the wrong things right, he only drowns himself deeper in trouble. When his supplier Ace (Michael Rivera) gets pinched, the first person he suspects to turn him in is David. With his whole world falling apart, he will have to re-evalute his decisions and try to put his life back in order.
BAKED IN BROOKLYN sounds like it could be the next great American stoner comedy but it’s not. It’s barely even a comedy. There’s some genuinely funny moments in the picture even though it’s a bit more about losing track of who you really are and unknowingly keeping at bay the people who truly care about you. Josh Brener (THE INTERNSHIP) creates an interesting character, one who can be a bit annoying at times but overall is rather likable and sympathetic. Alexandra Daddario (TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D), what can you say about her? She’s a terrific actress and extremely gorgeous, I could watch her for hours (it may sound a bit creepy but it’s the truth). Her character Kate couldn’t have been more perfect. She’s the type of girl any geeky little hipster guy could ever dream of landing. Watching David throw it all away is cringe worthy. How the hell could this dope fudge up a relationship with the most beautiful girl he could ever hope to find? It happens but by this point in the film, you begin to grow fond of the character. His intentions are good enough but when you’re a young twenty-something, you don’t always make the best decisions. The story is a bit predictable but the performances are all really good and it’s easy to relate to everyone. I was hoping for a funnier film but this story of living and learing was still very interesting and edited quite nicely. Written by David Shapiro and directed by Rory Rooney, these first timers make quite an impact their first time out as feature filmmakers.