Family health and relations is often overlooked until it's too late. Nothing To Do shines a light on one family's attempt to recover before it's too late.
- A fresh cinematic story
- Relatable characters
- Not as upbeat as the summer blockbusters
A Somber Side Of Life
The premise behind Nothing To Do is that two siblings come together when their father finds himself in the hospital. This is rarely a joyous occasion. Let’s get in to Nothing To Do.
Our main character is Kenny, an undriven, take life as it comes DJ in his forties, played by Paul Fahrenkopf. Kenny’s sister Rachel (Connie Bowman) is a high-strung, bossy yet well-meaning worrier. Kenny gets a call that their father is in the hospital. Kenny puts aside his responsibilities to go see his father. No one lives close by in this story.
Kenny arrives in Virginia to be by his father’s side. His impression upon arrival is that this is a frightening incident that led Kenny’s father, Irv (Philip Lawton) to reach out. As we learn, Irv has had multiple trips to the local infirmary for health complications; this is simply the latest event. The hospital has called the next of kin to notify of the numerous visits.
Irv is aware of what is happening to him, and knows how he wants to spend his time. Now that Kenny and Rachel are arriving, they too must struggle with the reality of their father’s pending expiration. It has been some time since the family has spent any decent time together. Family health and relations is often overlooked until it’s too late. Nothing To Do shines a light on one family’s attempt to recover before it’s too late.
“Family health and relations are often overlooked until it’s too late. Nothing To Do shines a light on one family’s attempt to recover before it’s too late.” – Patrick Mackey, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer, @mackeyp42
Once Rachel arrives, we learn that their mother has passed less than a year ago. Rachel is having a particularly difficult time accepting the fact that her father is heading the same way. Kenny is named the primary caregiver when they move Irv back home. Rachel is unwilling to accept this. She even goes so far as to omit the fact that Irv is on hospice, when she has Irv re-admitted to the hospital for extra testing.
Once Rachel is able to come around to the reality of what is happening to her father, the family dynamic seems to come back into play. Kenny is able to take care of his father without worrying about Rachel. Rachel is able to spend her time with Irv reminiscing about the good times the family had together.
Rachel and Kenny both take turns spending their days with Irv. Not everyone can afford that luxury nowadays. Everything necessary has been arranged. They are together when Irv passes, and we see that the disagreements between Kenny and Rachel are put aside. The siblings are reunited again, and begin to accept and move on with their lives.
Nothing To Do boils down to the fact that communication is a commodity the world should not be without. Irv has accepted his mortality, and while Kenny can understand this, Rachel struggles with her denial.
Even when Rachel spends her days with Irv, every chance she gets to question the doctors, she inquires about which tests were run and what else they could do. Rachel’s struggle is one that no one wishes for, and yet at the same time, we would be hard pressed to not do the same thing if we were in her position.
Somehow Kenny understands where is dad is at in his situation, and is able to accept what is happening. Kenny tells his father early on, that whatever Irv wants to do about his situation, is perfectly acceptable. Kenny knows that he should allow Irv to go in the manner that he chooses. No person wants to be told how they have to exist, let alone how they have to die. Irv does what I think most of us would do; and that is to expire at home, surrounded by familiar faces. Irv wants to spend his last moments with the ones he loves. Wouldn’t you?
Nothing To Do Info:
Studio: Nextnik Films
Starring: Paul Fahrenkopf, Philip Lawton, Connie Bowman
Directed By: Mike Kravinsky
Disclosure of Material Connection: YBLTV Writer / Reviewer Patrick Mackey received a copy of Nothing To Do for free from NextNik Films in consideration for a Product Review.