Cydney Griffin's 'What Ever Happened to Dinner?' Explores Family Dysfunction

Cydney Griffin's drama film "What Ever Happened to Dinner?" follows a mother's attempt to reunite her dysfunctional family for a pasta dinner to reveal her cancer diagnosis. The film, set for 2024 release, explores family dynamics and emotional honesty, earning high praise from critics.

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Cydney Griffin's 'What Ever Happened to Dinner?' Explores Family Dysfunction

Cydney Griffin's 'What Ever Happened to Dinner?' Explores Family Dysfunction

Writer and director Cydney Griffin's new drama film "What Ever Happened to Dinner?" delves into the complexities of family dynamics and the challenges of maintaining peace while being brutally honest. The film, set to be released in 2024, follows Wendy, a mother of two played by Camille Calvin, as she tries to bring her dysfunctional family together for a pasta dinner to reveal her potentially life-threatening cancer diagnosis.

However, Wendy's efforts togather her familyprove to be an uphill battle. Her husband Jack (Marcus Ray) wants to relax in his office, her teenage daughter Melissa (Andrea Reid) is busy with high school elections, and her youngest son Dan (Joshua Frazier) is locked in his room. To add to the chaos, the gas has been turned off due to an unpaid bill, and Wendy's mother Ellen (Michelle Harvey) insists on coming over to clean up the mess.

Griffin's direction is praised for making family dysfunction feel "all too real" and for creating a "dark song of love" that builds tension to a devastating crescendo. The film is described as a "slow roller coaster ride" and "cathartic" at an indie level. "Making a drama like What Ever Happened to Dinner is like conducting an orchestra of emotions," one reviewer notes.

Critics have given the film high marks, with one reviewer scoring it an 8/10. The cast's performances and Griffin's deft handling of the emotional subject matter are highlighted as standout elements. The reviewer emphasizes that the film is not about the packaging, but about the emotions it evokes in the audience.

"What Ever Happened to Dinner?" showcases Cydney Griffin's ability to craft a poignant and relatable story about the struggles of a family in crisis. With its stellar cast and emotionally charged narrative, the film promises to be a compelling exploration of the bonds that hold families together, even in the face of life-altering challenges.