Fort Tilden is Hilariously Insightful

Fort Tilden, starring Bridey Elliott and Clare McNulty, is a hilariously insightful comedy about quarter-life crises written and directed by filmmakers Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers.

A journey to the beach should not be that difficult, right? Wait until you meet Harper (Elliott) and Allie (McNulty). Their journey soon becomes needlessly difficult, almost like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles except that this is not a John Hughes movie.

During the summers, Brooklyn’s millenials make their way to Fort Tilden during those hot afternoons when they need some unbridled indulgence.

When we meet Harper and Allie, the two of them are both in the midst of a quarter-life crisis. In Harper’s case, she needs money from her father to fuel her artistic dreams, however vague that they may be. Allie is planning to start-up with the Peace Corps in Liberia–its ill-advised but she plans to go there but she’s procrastinating with the preparations.

After going to a friend’s party and concert the night before where they meet Russ (Jeffrey Scaperrotta) and Sam (Griffin Newman), they decide to take the day off and plan on an afternoon at Fort Tilden. It’s not until after they get on their bicycles that they realize, much like their own lives, they have no idea where they are going and how they are going to get to Fort Tilden.

Bliss and Rogers, staff writers for Wet Hot American Summer, take us on a journey through Brooklyn and the Rockaways as Harper and Allie deal with neighbors, traffic patterns, cabbies, and most of all, each other.

While I am not familiar with Clare McNulty, I am very familiar with Bridey Elliott’s work. Bridey does an amazing job with the script written by Bliss and Rogers and makes this performance her own. She comes from a very funny family that includes her grandfather, Bob, her father, Chris, and her sister, Abby. Chris and Abby were both cast members of the long running NBC sketch-comedy show, Saturday Night Live. It would not surprise me in the future to see Bridey be named to the cast. She certainly has the improv experience to do well on the show.

Elliot and McNulty lead a cast that includes Neil Casey, Alysia Reiner, Peter Vack, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, and a cameo appearance from comedian/musician Reggie Watts.

The movie, which was named as the Grand Jury Award winner at SXSW, opens in theaters on August 14 and is also available via video on demand platforms.