The Dating Project

Reviewed
Tue. 4/17/18
The Dating Project
4.1666666666667
Acting
4.5
4.5/5
Morality
5
5/5
Music
4
4/5
Story
3.5
3.5/5
Visuals
4
4/5
Kernel Factor
4
4/5
A film calling us to #datedifferently. #soundsgood
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
Theater
Viewing Crew:
Significant Other
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Documentary
Payment Method:
Premium Ticket
Review:

*Hey OP fans, I happen to be on the board of a production company with Jonathan Cipiti, the filmmaker behind this film, "The Dating Project". He and I have never met in person, but we are connected through our mutual good friend. I've done my best to review this film unbiasedly, but I wanted to make my connection known. Now onward to the review! "The Dating Project" is super unique as a film. It follows the lives of five single people who are at different life stages, but all interested in #datingdifferently. To hear from such diverse people (age, gender, race) on dating and yet hear and see a similar negative experience was certainly eye-opening. My wife and I held hands at several moments feeling grateful we are not on the dating circuit, because the film does make you feel the pressure of dating. It's an effective empathy piece, if nothing else. But more importantly, I think it effectively addresses the negatives to a hook-up culture and the positives to a getting-to-know-your-heart...culture.

Acting
It's a documentary so "Acting" is a little different here. But I loved that Jon (director) and the team found diverse people with truly interesting stories. I resonated with each of them, and seriously felt the singleness pressure. I thought the film could've used another professional opinion or two.
Morality
A majority of us have probably participated in the "hook-up" culture whether we want to call it that or not. This film boldly addresses the side effects of living that lifestyle. It might feel weird to be confronted like that, but I think it honestly and humbly confronts the issue and importantly offers a different solution. The film's solutions are so basic, but after watching college students not understand how to date, I was like, "oh, well, I guess this film is way more necessary than I thought."  
Music
Overall musical vibes were really fun and kept the pacing moving along, especially when I couldn't tell what the arch of the story was going to be. The Fontaines (band) were certainly a musical fav for the filmmakers.
Story
It's a great storyline. Naturally, some of the stories brought me in more than others. I oftentimes wondered where it was going, and the film is unique in the sense that it's not always going somewhere but rather trying to open your eyes to something. The jump cutting was really tough for me; I don't think I ever got used to it. That being said, I guess it kept the overall story succinct. I really felt like the film needed dates in the lower-third to help me follow each person's storyline. Showing that this documentary really took the time to watch their interviewee's stories play out gets lost.
Visuals
I have a heart for documentaries, having made one, and the goal of shooting a doc is to be there in the moments that the public simply couldn't be. The filmmakers could've been a little more hardcore, but I think overall they were in a few personal moments as people were finding dates/dating others.
Kernel Factor
"The Dating Project" is very much needed. I was in a theater with at least 10 single people (there were literally no couples in my theater) and some of the scenes that were almost funny to me were not funny to the audience I was with. Dating is no joking matter to the group I was surrounded by, and it's probably because they've been hurt and burned before. So for someone (a movie) to take dating seriously and offer/encourage us to date differently was powerful. If you are single I'd love for you to watch this film and let me know your thoughts.