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The Upgrade (2000)

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How far would you go to get into first class on an airplane? That is the excruciating moral dilemma posed by this short film. Constance Levine, a fragile, yet eerily determined woman who ... See full summary »

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How far would you go to get into first class on an airplane? That is the excruciating moral dilemma posed by this short film. Constance Levine, a fragile, yet eerily determined woman who will stop at nothing to obtain the ultimate luxury. A woman shows up at the right place at the wrong time and falls prey to Constance's ruthless, scheming ambitions. Like Holly Golightly on bad acid, Constance is charming one moment and seductively deadly the next. But there is one thing she can be sure of in coach... no one can hear you scream. Written by Rama Dunayevich

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Why Minnie???
30 March 2001 | by (Studio City, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

This short disturbed me greatly. It was interesting, but quite disturbing. I am a film maker who makes short films. I have made shorts and know how it is done. I have learned that all films (short or long) MUST have a POSITIVE message. "The Upgrade" allows us to watch the ungrateful to get what they want, but FOR WHAT? What has Minnie Driver's character learned in the end of the story? One IFILM member, "spoonido," compares "The Upgrade" to the work of Lucille Ball, but what he is forgetting is that on every episode of "I Love Lucy," Lucy learned a lesson about how status does not matter and that people love her for who she is!

I had one question I was asking myself while watching "The Upgrade:" why did Minnie Driver decide to do this short? She is so talented, so beautiful, and she is very funny when she wants to be (if you don't believe me, rent "Return to Me"). The only answer I can come up with is that maybe she couldn't get a job after "Beautiful," but even so ...


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