Ethan freaks out and tries to get away from Trinity, and from Worst Day Ever's bass player Roz (Lucy Barrett) who is convinced her and Ethan will be the school's emo power couple. It all boils over as Ethan and Trinity's relationship becomes harder and harder to conceal, and at the same time, Bradley's demands on Ethan and his fellow band members become overwhelming as the band competition approaches.
Written and directed by Neil Triffett, and based on his 2014 short film of the same name, Emo the Musical looks at the tribal politics of high school through the narrow focus of two dissimilar groups: the emos and the Christian kids. The musical numbers seek to play up the division, whether from the Christian kids' cheery 'Come to Church with Me' or in the fear and loathing expressed in the emo kids' songs. Mixed through is a vaguely amusing plotline of Seymour High under financial duress with its only recourse being to take money from an anti-depressant manufacturer.
The performances are earnest, though. And they've kind of got to be, because the script is so light. Benson Jack Anthony as Ethan and Jordan Hare as Trinity do the best they can, as do the rest of the Seymour students. Dylan Lewis is bleakly funny as an over-the-hill musician.
The film tries hard, but there's just not enough doing. The songs are the main problem, not only do they not advance the plot, not one is catchy or memorable. Emo the Musical provides a few chuckles, but not much else.