Almost nothing about “Illicit” rings true — but thanks to the likable, earnest and attractive cast, and the semi-salacious, soap-opera vibe to the proceedings, my attention never wandered, and I’ll admit I was mildly curious about how everything would play out.
Not that I was surprised when the big twist defied plausibility, and the voice-over narratives from the key players sounded more like Facebook-level philosophy than true insight.
This is the kind of movie where the supposedly deep truths are lurking about two inches beneath the absolutely shallow surface.
David Ramsey plays Guy Curtis, a parole officer and family man who must be the best parole officer ever, given the size and comfort of his home and the lavish nature of his workplace, which looks like an upscale law firm.
Shireen Crutchfield is Guy’s wife, Sasha, a former model who has put her career on hold to be a stay-at-home mom to their daughter and support Guy’s career.
“I think I am a damn good husband,” says Guy in voiceover. “I bought Sasha the house she always wanted, I’ve got a great job. … I don’t like to pat myself on the back, but I hope Sasha knows she’s got one of the good ones.”
Cut to Sasha, who has her own take on things and doesn’t seem entirely satisfied with the arrangement:
“My family is everything. That’s why breakfast is on the table every morning, and dinner is ready by 7. My husband wants me to focus on our home for now, and my career will pick up later.”