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"Winning Girls through Psychic Mind Control"-- a great title, and a funny film. I saw this film at the San Jose Cinequest film festival, and it was enjoyed by many audience members. It follows the life of two "lounge lizards." This is the story of these two men trying to make a break into show business, figuring out their life, and the aquisition of psychic powers by Sam (played marvelously by Ruben Santiago-Hudson). This film uses discontinuity editing, making sometimes tough temporal switches. Although it is hard to tell when everything is happening or has happened, I believe that is part of the point. The cinematography contains some great shots and scenes, and the music is to be appreciated as well. The film is trying to make a point about how to live life, but it sometimes comes off a bit trite and cliched. The concept and idea of love is struggled with. There are contrasting views of love as an emotion, and neither character completely demostrates the positive effects of love discussed. Nonetheless, this film was very humorous at points, and never lost my attention. It may gain more on a second viewing, but I highly recommend it to be seen for what it is, and for you to decide what you think it means, and if its characters actually lived up to the "moral" of the film. I give it a 7 out of 10.
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