Based in part on the story of author-life coach-stylist-musician Guy Blews, the film "37: A Final Promise" comes off as a paranormal and schizophrenic take on a Lifetime movie with themes of terminal illness and assisted suicide.
Randall Batinkoff co-writes, directs and stars as Adam — front man of a band who's apparently successful in producing mid-1990s metal rock but a guy who's also haunted by personal demons and thoughts of imminent death.
The film's sequence of events plays out with a certain randomness and absurdity, so Adam inexplicably snaps out of his gloom and doom to pick up the playing-hard-to-get Jemma (Scottie Thompson). Though Jemma seems perfectly healthy at first, she inexplicably suffers from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). Meanwhile, her sister, Christina (
So much of the courtship is erratic and nonsensical. Adam asks Jemma to quit her job on a whim, then takes her to get a psychic reading, also on a whim. Only
"37: A Final Promise."
MPAA rating: None.
Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes.