Liza Anonymous deals with a very relatable feeling. Liza is a millennial who spends her time going to support groups. She takes on a different persona at each one in order to fit in. From sex addiction, to overeating, there is not an addiction Liza refuses to be a part of. Things seem to be going along smoothly until her secret is discovered.
The potential is there for a dour film about fitting in with others. That is never the case here. Obviously, the short deals with issues of trust and belonging, but it does so in a lighthearted way. The different characters are silly and play well into the ending. The beginning of Liza Anonymous also mixes things together nicely in the early moments. Clips are shown from each support group showing the range of characters and issues, Liza is playing with.
Everything pays off in a warmhearted finale. The length of Liza Anonymous means the character development is quick and to the point. Liza’s motivations are clear, but everyone else is paper thin. This does not take away from the overall enjoyment. The story is a fun one that concentrates more the emotions than the people.
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