Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal, Ms. Locklear
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal
On the first day of first grade, Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal became friends.
Oh, first they got in trouble and then they became friends...lifelong friends.
20 years later, the memories of this meeting and equally fond memories of their first grade teacher, Ms. Locklear, send the online comic duo out onto the roads of North Carolina in search of their loved, and hot, former first grade teacher.
The two young men decided to forego the obvious, contemporary tools of search like Google and even cell phones. Instead, the two would rely solely on face-to-face meetings while looking for Ms. Locklear.
The search, both comical and touching, would plant the two smack dab in the middle of the Lumbee, a Native American Tribe in North Carolina searching for their own recognized identity.
Over the course of a mere 57 minute documentary, Rhett and Link meet up with interesting characters with their own brand of respectful irreverence that seems to endear them to everyone they meet.
Somewhat reminiscent of the similarly quirky "My Date With Drew," "Looking for Ms. Locklear" is engaging and entertaining largely on the strength of Rhett and Link, a semi-famous online comedy duo with an obvious chemistry that makes their search interesting even when it borders on predictable.
The film's biggest payoff may very come in the person of Ms. Locklear herself, a delightful and warm educator who genuinely seems like the type of teacher who would have students looking her up years later to say "Thank you."
Indeed, thank you Rhett and Link for this breezy, lighthearted, warm and genuinely entertaining documentary.
© Written by Richard Propes
The Independent Critic