SDIFF 2021 presents Val

You can't buy love!

Reviewed by: Alicia Glass
Published on: February 20, 2022 (URL is not
Available on: Amazon Prime Video
Content release date: 2021-10-01

A criminal on the run holes up in the mansion of a courtesan who holds some serious secrets of her own!

So Finn (Zachary Mooren) isn’t exactly a career criminal. Matter of fact, he’s downright hapless, if not hopeless. Fin attempted to commit a robbery, failed pretty spectacularly, and is being chased by these two bumbling cops, Officer Myers (Kyle Howard) and Officer Daughtry (Sufe Bradshaw). Finn finds himself falling into the suspect care of a high-class escort who calls herself simply, Val (Misha Reeves).

Val had been preparing herself and the house for the evenings client, a mobster type with a penchant for some good old-fashioned bitch discipline, called Freddy (Erik Griffin). Despite Finn’s insistence that his purported concussion from his tussle with the cops is just fine, he fails his stealth hide roll and the resulting fight sends poor dumb Freddy to meet his maker at the end of a dog collar. Val does her best to assure Finn that she’ll take care of it.

Matter of fact, Val is doing everything she can to take good care of Finn as he holes up and hunkers down in her mansion – she cleans his robbery knife in the dishwasher (?!), she fobs the cops off when they come to her door looking for Finn, she insists Finn take a bath to clean himself up, and Val talks to him in this infuriatingly reasonable way the entire time. Every unreasonable demand Finn makes, from food that Val doesn’t cook to the cleaning-out of her already-empty safe, is met with her calm, perfectly rational reasons for why that won’t be happening, all while flashing incredible thigh or a tastefully-cinched rack. Val builds Finn up with professional seduction, carefully cultivating the explosion we just know is going to come at the end. But if Finn is far from a career criminal, what else could Val possibly want from him?

A small cast that delivers excellent performances in a tiny well-written script, ‘Val’ is a joy for horror-comedy lovers everywhere!