Colorfully stylized, sweet and silly, yet encompassing some serious issues, frisky low-budget laffer “Jucy,” from Australian helmer Louise Alston (“All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane”), transforms the chick pic into womance. Tale of two late-20s Brisbane best friends whose relationship transitions from co-dependent to interdependent will appeal most to a local Gen-Y demographic, but reps a cheerful choice for youth-oriented fests and broadcasters.
Bipolar Jackie (Cindy Nelson) and overweight Lucy (Francesca Gasteen) are friends with emotional benefits who work at the same alternative videostore, participate in amateur theater, and spend so much time together they’re known as “Jucy.” Attacked from all sides by people who say they’re incapable of a “normal” life, the girls decide Jackie should snag a boyfriend and Lucy should locate the job of her dreams. Working again from a quirky script by her partner Stephen Vagg, Alston demonstrates bravura control of tone and pacing. Real-life best pals Nelson and Gasteen (providing their own wardrobes) are terrific and never cuter than when they exuberantly perform chest bumps. Imaginatively composed, crisply rendered lensing leads the resourceful tech package. Lively music track features local bands.