Review: ‘Trigger’

A glib and cheesy women-in-rock meller that doesn't begin to reward the late Canadian actress' effort.

In her final role before succumbing to pancreatic cancer, Tracy Wright performs heroically in “Trigger,” a glib and cheesy women-in-rock meller that doesn’t begin to reward the late Canadian actress’ effort. Daniel MacIvor’s screenplay contains not one believable moment as it follows the fraught reunion after 10 years of Vic (Wright) and Kat (Molly Parker), formerly feuding players in a punk-pop band whose vintage tunes the 79-minute pic never bothers to share in full. If Neil Simon had penned a chick-rock soap and produced it on a budget leaner than CBGB’s backstage hors d’oeuvres tray, it would be “Trigger.”

Awash in self-pity, Vic and Kat meet for dinner in Toronto on the day they’re skedded to appear at a benefit concert. The cooler Kat is successful, while Vic is less so, generating tension that’s eventually resolved with a pair of teary-eyed confessions. Painfully long conversation scenes leave director Bruce McDonald (“Highway 61”) little choice but to settle for closeups of people moving their mouths. So-so tech credits are highlighted by Toronto location shooting that pays obligatory homage to various local haunts while failing to set a remotely authentic scene.




An Entertainment One presentation, in association with Telefilm Canada, of a New Real Films, Shadow Shows, United Orange production. (International sales: Entertainment One, Toronto.) Produced by Jennifer Jonas, Leonard Farlinger. Executive producers, Dany Chiasson, Callum Keith Rennie, Hugh Dillon, Bryan Gliserman. Directed by Bruce McDonald. Screenplay, Daniel MacIvor.


Camera (color), Jonathon Cliff; editor, Matthew Hannam; music, Brendan Canning; music supervisor, Sarah Haywood; production designer, Rob Gray; set decorators, Helen Kotsonis, Keri Anderson, Cindy Wolfe, Nick Butler, Casey Dutfield; costume designer, Sarah Millman. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Special Presentations), Sept. 18, 2010. Running time: 79 MIN.


Molly Parker, Tracy Wright, Don McKellar, Alan Zweig.

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