Take Care, written and directed by Liz Tuccillo, and starring Leslie Bibb and Thomas Sadoski, tells the story of a woman, Frannie, recovering from a car accident in convalescence in her apartment in New York City.
As a result of the accident, where she was hit by a car, Frannie is housebound, and somewhat bedbound, as she has multiple broken limbs resulting in many casts and slings. As a result of these injuries, she is also in a lot of pain. After finding herself alone in her apartment, after her sister and friends have left, unable to do things for herself, she calls her ex-boyfriend, Devon (Sadoski). We learn that when they were together, Devon was diagnosed with cancer and Frannie devoted herself to caring for him, only to have him break things off with her once he was in remission. Due to her present circumstance, Frannie is feeling bitter about this. When Devon arrives, she basically guilts him into taking care of her on a daily basis, including spending ten minutes talking to her.
The film takes place almost entirely in Frannie’s apartment, and as such, is largely dialogue driven. The script is entertaining and sometimes funny and has an emotional heart to it that lets you connect to the characters and understand their internal struggle, whether it’s Frannie’s frustration with not being able to do things for herself, or Devon’s feelings towards Frannie as we learn the real reason he broke off their relationship and the drama that ensues as Frannie and Devon spend so much time together, causing them to remember why they loved each other in the first place, complicated by the fact that Devon is engaged to someone else.
By telling the story mainly from Frannie’s perspective, Bibb conveys the frustration with not being able to do the simplest things, and the need for human contact that results in her calling Devon and convincing him to talk to her. Part of the fun exists in the little details, which include Frannie’s addiction to Law & Order and Devon’s weird ability to know the voice featured in every commercial, something that includes some vocal cameos from different celebrities.
The film is light hearted and the ending isn’t exactly something that you won’t see coming, but the film is fun and entertaining, and the actors do a great job in bringing the viewer into this world that exists in Frannie’s apartment.
Take Care was released in 2014 and is available to watch on Netflix instant streaming.