Scrambled is an eggy comedy that is still gooey and runny, dripping with mature themes being handled by an immature protagonist, who better buckle up or lose out on parenthood forever.
Leah McKendrick becomes the Holy Trinity of her own directorial feature debut, by writing the film’s script and performing in it, along with directing it. The film premiered at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival and received a pretty positive response from the critics. The film is set to release theatrically in the United States on February 2, 2024.
The trailer of the film, produced by Jonathan Levine, Gillian Bohrer, Brett Hayley, and Amanda Mortimer, dropped on December 22. It offered a firsthand glimpse into the messy and chaotic world of Nellie Robinson, who is a quintessential bridesmaid for her friends and is not really worried about love except at like, 3am in a gas station. But her life must be sorted, right? Well, not really.
Recently single, Nellie is 34 and still into hooking up with random guys, but when she crashes into an older friend of hers, her bliss is shattered by the former’s sobering yet all-too-real words, “I know you because I was you.”
She even predicts Nellie’s next rendezvous and sternly warns her to remember her when she is sitting in a random guy’s toilet after hooking up, staring at his crusty pubes sticking to the wall and any cult action movie poster.
When the warning hits too close to home, Nellie has an epiphany and decides to get her eggs frozen. After all, she is not getting any younger. But then a new bagful of doubts and problems open up. It costs thousands of dollars to get a woman’s eggs frozen for future parenthood opportunities.
But Nellie is unsure if she even wants to be a mom, “I don’t know if I want kids—I’ve seen Euphoria,’ a hilarious allusion to the hit series that shows the drug addiction, blatantly explicit sex life, and exploitation that teens undergo today.
As Nellie navigates these unknown, deeper depths, she also comes face to face with her own dreams, goals, and fears. Instead of looking for love elsewhere, she now glances within. Whether she finds love, ever becomes a mother, or just stops being an immature, thirty-something partygoer, the answer lies in your patience and in the film’s climax.