Friday, February 28, 2020

Netflix Movie Review: “Horse Girl”

By Matt Pascarella

Rated: R
Run time: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Sarah (Alison Brie) is a quiet girl who likes horses and keeps to herself, watching TV and doing crafts. After some strange things begin happening to her, she suspects she might be a clone, a clone of her grandmother. No one really takes her seriously and from there, the weirdness continues.

Sarah works at a craft store and is talking with co-worker Joan (Molly Shannon). They are talking about DNA testing and Joan is telling Sarah she did a DNA home test kit and found it really interesting. Sarah replies she really doesn’t know a lot about her family.

Joan gets Sarah a DNA kit for her birthday and Sarah sends away for the results.

Nikki encourages Sarah to go on a double date for Sarah’s birthday. After a night of drinking and dancing, Sarah experiences some weird stuff. She hits it off with Darren (John Reynolds) and they begin dating.

Sarah’s car is ‘stolen’ one morning and found in the middle of the road. It’s towed to an impound lot where her stepfather, Gary (Paul Reiser) helps her retrieve it. Sarah does not know how it got there. Sarah questions Gary as to when her mother, now deceased, began acting weird.

At one point, Sarah finds herself standing outside next to a payphone holding a receiver in her hand and she has lost track of time. Her co-worker Joan recommends she sees a professional. Sarah does. She also notices she has what appear to be bruises on her leg and body. She asks the doctor if there is a possibility she is a clone. He kind of laughs it off.

On a date with Darren, she wants to prove she is a clone and suggests they dig up her mother to get some of her mother’s DNA. Soon, Sarah is checked into a mental facility. Sarah does not remember the social worker who has worked with her before. More weird stuff happens.

What will happen to Sarah? Is she a clone?

Sarah’s actions made me think more about mental health issues than aliens, but aliens do have a role in this movie. The line of reality is blurred for the viewer, just like it’s blurred for the main character. A strange movie where sometimes you don’t know what’s real and what’s not. There’s a lot of strange stuff that happens. There’s more nudity and sex than I was expecting and I’m still not entirely sure if that actually happened. The plot is somewhat of a slow burn to get to the end where only some pieces connect themselves to others. The ending is only a little satisfying, but I still have questions. Despite its oddness, I enjoyed this movie. I Recommend watching it.

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