If you had to put ‘That Awkward Moment and ’10 Things I Hate About You’ into a blender you would get the perfect ‘Caveman’ smoothie.
Director, Herschel Faber thought it would be convincing to use his own screenplay to tell the story of aspiring artists chasing ‘beautiful women’. The film is driven by the bromance of four single-minded roommates that live in “The Cave”, a small loft in downtown Los Angeles. Dean (Skylar Astin) is an aspiring writer that lives with his three BFF’s: Pete (Kenny Wormald), Jay (Chad Michael Murray) and Andre (Dayo Okeniyi).
The opening scene of the film starts with Jay telling a story about how he picked up two hot Indian chicks at a bar. The story larger-than-life and once Jay’s feathers are fluffed up he gets to the finale about how he got a blowjob from the Indian woman in the alley. Jay insists that Dean should use his ‘impressive’ story in the screenplay his writing. Dean is not interested in the worthless story because he is looking for something for substantive. The film revolves around Dean’s screenplay and reflects his inner desire, which is to find love. Real love. Not the no-strings-attached sexual affiliation that he is having with his on and off fling Sara (Megan Stevenson).
While Dean is exploring the concept of love his buddies Jay and Andre are on the prowl for women in clubs making the most of singledom. Pete, on the other hand, has Beth (Amanda Jane Cooper) but she never stays around for very long. The pack on four are always on a quest for finding romance, but Herschel Faber keeps throwing curve balls their way and they never get the romantic breakthrough. The characters come across as lazy and non-progressive. The problem is that the dialog in the film comes across as very shallow and portrays a false sense of relationship between male and female. The banter is borderline phoney and cliché. As a result, the characters come across as fake and predictable.
To add to the dissatisfaction, the film’s stylistic design and aesthetic value is monotonous in that the colours are dull and “The Cave” lacks décor and design. The loft is supposed to the ultimate artists bachelor pad, but it’s more like a four-walled garage space.
Overall, the film wasn’t particularly funny as it was filled with low blows and one-liners. Dean should use this film as a learning curve. This superficial rom-com is a typical example of how not to make a movie about making a movie.