Sometimes, the secret of success lies in simplicity. This is the case of The Wrong Todd, that instead of investing in be a great Sci-fi filled with impressive elements, presents a simple plot, focused on a small nucleus, that becomes successful.
It all revolves around Todd (Jesse Rosen), who is reluctant to move to another state with his girlfriend Lucy (Anna Rizzo), who has just received a promising promotion in his work, but in Seattle. While the two are fighting, the Todd of a parallel universe decides to take its place. With the exchange, we realize that Lucy from this other Universe is dead and, along with Todd, we start seeing everything from a new perspective, where a simple change does not seem so serious compared to losing her girlfriend for good.
Directed and writen by Rob Schulbaum, The Wrong Todd was a big hit at LA Film Fest, and not for less. Through this plot, already much explored in other works, Schulbaum can effectively use these elements, transforming something that would have everything to be flawed, in a good humorous reflection of changes, adaptations and relationships.
The change of universes is nothing more than a way of showing an escape from reality, when one does not want to face his problems and prefers to find ways to remain attached to something, instead of accepting and moving on. At the same time, it also functions as a mode of comparison, to show that what often seems extremely difficult is actually very simple to solve compared to large problems that in fact have no solution.
However, it is not just the relationship between Todd and Lucy that is explored. Dave (Sean Carmichael), is a very important character to connect these factors. Lucy’s brother and Todd’s best friend, he addresses equally important issues such as the fear of losing his friend, which makes him jealous, and the guilt he transfers to his sister, making it very difficult to relate to each other.
In the midst of all these reflections, there are several nicely placed comic moments. Because the script features various types of relationships, it is very easy to place characteristic moments between them, which become simple and always accurate jokes.
The Wrong Todd is a simple and very well made production. Almost informally, it manages to address interesting questions, without forcing the reflections on the viewer and without trying to become a great science fiction.