|Directed by||Jeremy Garelick|
|Written by||Jordan VanDina|
|Music by||Matt Bowen|
The Binge is a 2020 American black comedy film directed by Jeremy Garelick and written by Jordan VanDina. A parody of The Purge, the film stars Skyler Gisondo, Eduardo Franco, Dexter Darden, Vince Vaughn, Grace Van Dien and Zainne Saleh.
The Binge was released in the United States on August 28, 2020, by Hulu. A sequel is in development.
Set in a time when all drugs and alcohol are illegal, the only day anyone can participate in the "fun" is on Binge day. Three 18-year-olds prepare for the one day when it's legal to drink alcohol and take drugs.
In September 2019, it was announced Skyler Gisondo, Eduardo Franco, Dexter Darden, Vince Vaughn, Grace Van Dien and Zainne Saleh had joined the cast of the film, with Jeremy Garelick directing from a screenplay by Jordan VanDina, with LD Entertainment and American High producing, and Hulu distributing.
Principal photography began in September 2019 in Syracuse, New York.
The Binge was released on Hulu in the United-States on August 28, 2020.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 22% based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "The Binge starts out with the promise of a fun time, but gets sloppy on bottom-shelf humor and stumbles face down into the gutter." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 35 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."
John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter praised the performances of the cast, especially Vince Vaughn's part, despite stating that the characters have generally no outstanding or unusual characteristics, and that Jordan VanDina's script delivers absurdities, which leaves some questions unanswered. Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic rated the movie 3 out of 5 stars, found Vaughn's part as one of the best aspects of the film through the personality of his character, and praised the depiction of a strong friendship between the characters, but stated that the film still fails to deliver enough good jokes. Molly Freeman of Screen Rant gave rated the movie 2,5 out of 5 stars, found the premise of the movie quick and easy to apprehend, and complimented how the characters explore their world, but claimed that the film lacks an entertaining story, while finding the characters being undeveloped to be satisfying enough. Tomris Laffly of RogerEbert.com rated the film 2 out of 4 stars, praised the complicity between the main characters and the sense of humor of the movie, but stated that Vaughn's shy performance as the villain is barely remarkable, and that the movie does not deliver enough humorous scenes for a comedy film.