Megan Is Missing
US promotional poster
|Megan Is Missing|
|Directed by||Michael K. Goi|
|Produced by||Mark Gragnani|
|Distributor||Anchor Bay Pictures|
|Running time||01hr 26m (Unrated)|
Megan Is Missing is a romantic-comedy, written & directed by Michael K. Goi, that was released in 2011 to mostly average reviews. The film depicts the adventures of two happy go-lucky friends on a journey to juvenile self-discovery following their coming into contact with a mysterious online stranger. The director affords his audience a voyeuristic view of proceedings by making use of the "found footage" technique; employing a variety of sources including web cams, mobile-telephones, televised news-reports and a selection of photographic material. Many were initially critical of the film's subdued opening stating that more humour could possibly have been derived from the two leading actresses however; the general consensus would appear to be that the final-act is a true comedic tour de force, comparable in its spirit to the great works of Chaplin, Keaton or Fritzl.
Whilst developing the storyline Goi drew inspiration from a number of real-life incidents; eventually gaining support from Marc Klaas, founder of KlaasKids Foundation, whose own daughter Polly Klaas experienced a somewhat akin to that of the film's two protagonists.
- Megan Stewart
In stark contrast to her "BFF" the character of Megan (portrayed by Rachel Quinn) is a precocious social-butterfly ever popular amongst her schoolmates and well known throughout the local area as a result of her playful ways and giving nature.
- Amy Herman
More timid and less socially capable the character of Amy (Amber Perkins) is a constant companion to Megan; this association is something of a double-edged sword in that it brings with it not only protection from, but also exposure to, varying forms of new and unprepared for experience.
The character of Josh is a pretty cool guy. eh knows how to talk to the ladies and doesn't afraid of anything.
Megan and Amy meet an older boy named "Josh"... with hilarious results.
- In October 2011 the New Zealand Censorship Board (OFLC) prevented the films release, citing it to be both "Objectionable" and potentially "injurious to the public good".
- The film currently holds a 40% 'Fresh' rating at RottenTomatoes.com