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The Bus Stop (1998)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  29 March 1998 (USA)
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The be-speckled Tyler draws a comic-book fight ("Kapow!") one morning just before his mother tells him that he'll have to take the school bus today. He walks reluctantly and with ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ari Barak
Brooke Garrett
Eric Austin ...
(as Erik Austin)
Andreas Michael Lamelas ...
Joshua Boyd
Mario Rendon
Vidans G. Castro
Lindsay Arthur
Emma Jane Stewart
Andrew Roa
Richard Abraham
Sandra Fay Stevens
Laurel Melagrano
Amie Lynn Wahl
Matthew Wahl


The be-speckled Tyler draws a comic-book fight ("Kapow!") one morning just before his mother tells him that he'll have to take the school bus today. He walks reluctantly and with trepidation toward the corner of Owl Creek and Bridge, where lots of kids already await the bus. The boys pick on Tyler, and before the bus arrives, he's been knocked down and his lunch vandalized. Then, after the bus is hijacked by three armed men - at least one has an Arabic name - who use a cell phone to demand money and the release of political prisoners, Tyler opens his portable chemistry set and sets to work on an escape plan. Is heroism just around the corner? Written by <>

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25 January 2005 | by (Northbrook, IL, USA) – See all my reviews

I don't know who they think they're fooling but the other comments on this page are HIGHLY suspect. The second and third comments are by the SAME person and the second time they actually used the name Tyler (the name of both the production company and lead character!!) when making their comments. That doesn't sound too objective.

Anyway, this is one of those dime-a-dozen fantasies where some kid is shy and awkward and imagines being popular and brave. To make things worse, the set-up of this short involves a group of Arab terrorists hijacking a school bus with a dozen or so kids on it. Of course, it's up to our hero and his chemistry kit (which is HUGE and he apparently carries it around with him...HA!) to save the day. To be honest, I don't really find the whole idea of armed terrorists threatening to kill elementary school kids to be rich fodder for adventure or humor. Maybe it's just me.

The "Arab" terrorists are obviously played by people who have no idea how to act or speak with a convincing accent. The kids act like, well, kids and their dialogue is too sparse. The "action" sequences on the bus are totally lame and there is at least one glaring goof. The sole bright spot was the music. One part of the score in particular was quite impressive. I can only hope that this experience helped Mr. Hartman become a better director because as entertainment "The Bus Stop" receives a failing grade. 2/10

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