With the contrived soundtrack, the "it must be gritty because it's hand-held and soft" photography, nonsensical climax, and the meandering pace, Kat Candler has done nothing here but proved she can squander an opportunity with a lot of potential. Another example of a Sundance type who gets praised for being a "female filmmaker" with no attention paid to whether or not she's good at it. A nod to the cast, who tried.
It is flawed and, even though it benefits from very solid performances, it falls short from what it could've become. If only the screenplay's edges had been smoothed over, this could've had that powerfulness it needed instead of being this controlled and somewhat melodramatic indie portrait in the Texan suburbs. In any way, I'm definitely excited to see future work from Kat Candler.