SPONTANEOUS (2020) Reviews and overview



Spontaneous is a 2020 American romantic comedy horror film about high school students that mysteriously and inexplicably begin to explode…

Written and directed by Brian Duffield, based on a novel by Aaron Starmer, the Awesomeness Films-Jurassic Party Productions movie stars Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Yvonne Orji and Hayley Law.


When students in their school begin exploding (literally), seniors Mara (Katherine Langford) and Dylan (Charlie Plummer) struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

Spontaneous is the real deal – a teen movie that’s smart, funny, sensitive, and perfectly enjoyable even if your own adolescent years are in the rearview mirror. That it’s fundamentally about something just makes it even better.” The Aisle Seat

“Kudos to Duffield for attempting to make something more of it all, but the lack of humor in the second half of the film really drags the overall viewing experience down, forcing you to question why you’re even bothering in the first place. Spontaneous works much better as a romantic comedy (with bodies spontaneously detonating) than as a drama (with bodies spontaneously detonating).” Film Jabber

“Not a gore-filled splatter flick, the spontaneous combustions themselves are often allowed to happen just off-camera, with lots of blood then thrown all over people in close vicinity […] The more I think about Spontaneous, the more I like it. And the title is given a lot of poignancy once the first few scenes properly set out the premise.” For It Is Man’s Number

“Unwittingly, Spontaneous has tapped into the existential dread teens are feeling at this specific moment of history […] I wish this were a better movie, and I wish it had something more interesting to say than “sh*t happens!” because Duffield has accidentally stumbled upon an allegory that will resonate with its young audience in a way he probably never imagined.” The Movie Waffler

“The film looks good, with solid cinematography and production values […] with a great soundtrack and score tying it all together. Refreshingly familiar and at the same time refreshingly different, Spontaneous is the kind of film that makes you go, ‘oh, I wish they made more films like this’, and reminds to you enjoy life while you can…” The Nerd Daily

Spontaneous is a true gem, a funny, emotional and overall impressive achievement by Duffield, one that makes for a great debut and if time treats it well will end up becoming either an underrated masterpiece or a classic. Regardless, it is well worth the watch.” UK Film Review

” …Spontaneous movie was excellent. Starmer’s novel touches on the realization of just how much of life is beyond our control (the theme of 2020!), and how important it is to seize whatever time we’re given. Duffield absolutely captures that in his adaptation of this.” Whisky + Sunshine

Cast and characters:

Katherine Langford … Mara
Charlie Plummer … Dylan
Yvonne Orji … Agent Rosetti
Hayley Law … Tess
Piper Perabo … Angela
Rob Huebel … Charlie
Chris Shields … Spiros
Marlowe Percival … Becky
Laine MacNeil … Jenna
Clive Holloway … Joe
Doralynn Mui … Cranberry
Kaitlyn Bernard … Skye
Jared Ager-Foster … Jed
Mellany Barros … Katelyn
Chelah Horsdal … Denise

Technical details:

101 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1


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