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Rent-A-Pal (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Rent-A-Pal suffers from untapped thematic potential, but Wil Wheaton's unsettling performance makes this unique horror story worth watching.

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Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton), the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But, Andy's friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission.

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While [the] methods for trying to find companionship are all decades-old ... the emotions at the core of Rent-A-Pal,/i> don't feel that distant from 2020 and its digital solutions for human connection.

November 16, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Stevenson's script... is smart in the dialog but wavers in its structure, and could have benefited from a leaner edit before shooting.

October 22, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Wil Wheaton plays one of the scariest villains of the year in Jon Stevenson's brilliant Rent-A-Pal.

September 11, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Rent-A-Pal goes full-tilt mayhem in its final act, shattering its carefully calibrated dread in a race to make an already belabored point: that technological advancements are to be questioned, and there is no substitute for human connection.

September 10, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Expertly keeps you on edge.

September 10, 2020 | Full Review…

This thriller, the debut feature from Jon Stevenson - who not only wrote, produced and directed it, but was also the editor - does a lot of things well. Or almost well. But finally, not well enough.

September 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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