Who’s Jenna’s plot is all over the place. I initially thought the film would be about a man dating a woman (Tracey Birdsall) who may possibly be a pornstar, yet the film ends up focusing surprisingly little on such concept. Instead, Who’s Jenna jumps around between finances, promotions, business trips, blackmail, prejudice and other subplots that are jaggedly connected with the romance story.
The film’s presentation is mundane, bumpy and unnecessarily convoluted. Jonathan becomes involved in two subplots involving porn, yet the film keeps these compatible events isolated matters that only briefly intermingle at the very end. Such tactic ends up making the film feel like a series of separate events strung together by pure coincidence. Who’s Jenna ends up being far less entertaining than its amusing premise and trailer suggests, making for a disappointing experience.
Who’s Jenna is a mixed-message mess that doesn’t know what it wants or where it’s going. Let’s take, for example, its depiction of porn and porn watchers. The film contains a single prominent character who watches porn. He is a sleazy, overweight, perverted, lazy, misogynistic loser obsessed with the material. There’s a scene where the two most prominent females lecture on the misogynistic nature of pornography, yet the film’s main representation of a pornographic actor is a male with a sympathetic background and—in the film’s opinion—redeeming qualities.
So, what exactly is Who’s Jenna going for here? Characters lecture on porn’s sexist nature towards females, yet the film primarily showcases the male side and portrays him as nice and sympathetic. People who buy porn apparently help the nice, sympathetic actors pay for their children’s college tuition, yet people who buy porn are also sleazy, overweight losers with zero social skills. Is the film going for a positive or negative depiction of porn? I guess one can argue Who’s Jenna is presenting a morally grey stance on pornography, but it’s doubtful considering the film’s overarching mess of a plot.
A notable example of Who’s Jenna’s convoluted structure is its opening—a humorous, surprisingly charming scene involving the duel births of the film’s protagonist Jonathan (Bill Sorvino) and his sleazy roommate Andy (Joseph D’Onofrio). The scene, however, has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the film aside from setting up that Jonathan and Andy share the same birthday (which could have easily been mentioned in a single sentence). Even then, why is it important that the two friends share the same birthday—aside from the first scene of them as adults, it never becomes relevant again.
Including credits, Who’s Jenna is only an hour and fifteen minutes long—a fairly short runtime—yet it wastes five minutes on an opening (admittedly, the film’s best scene) that is disconnected from the film’s remaining story. The rest of the film isn’t much better.
Who’s Jenna will be out on VOD platforms April 24th.
Who’s Jenna Overall: 2/5
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