Common Chord (2013)

The Realities of Love & Life

Kyle Foster (Jason Cermak) has always dreamed of being a recording artist and he has the talent to be one. The trouble is that with an ex-girlfriend he fathered a daughter, Teigan (Ashlin Malik), and then his ex-girlfriend died. It leads to Kyle finding himself in a custody battle as Teigan's grandfather Bill Alston (Pete Seadon) not only wants custody but wants Kyle to leave and leave Teigan alone. Whilst Kyle thinks he might be able to get Teigan back if he first pursues his career it may not be that simple as the child care authorities have doubts as to whether Bill is healthy enough to be a full time parent.

"Common Chord" is a movie with a situation and it sets about telling us how it got to the point and what is needed to resolve the issue. The situation is what is best for a little child with her father and grandfather at war over custody. The reason why is in their back story with Bill having disapproved of his daughter andd Kyle especially when he got her pregnant. And that has caused them both to become bitter; Bill bitter at Kyle over what happened and Kyle bitter at Bill for banning him from seeing his daughter which leads to the problems. It isn't overly complicated as the two need to put their differences to one side to do what is best for Teigan.

The thing is that whilst "Common Chord" is not overly complicated and doesn't have the big production values that some like it does have a touch of charm. The simplicity, combined with the musical aspect and Jason Cermal having a likeable personality all combine to make it easy to watch even if ultimately it is all a little too predictable.

What this all boils down to is that "Common Chord" is a simple enough movie which you can see where it is heading as soon as it starts. But the wholesome nature combined with likeable characters is enough to make it watchable.