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The perfect crime. Frankie is about 10, angelic looking and always thinking. At school, he runs blackjack games for candy. He and his close friend Noodle get a lot of detention. The two of them have planned to steal all the candy from the neighborhood Seven-Eleven, run by the cranky Stinger. He recruits several young friends. To pull it off, they must get someone in the locked office, distract Stinger several times, get him out of the store briefly, load all the candy quickly, get it away from the neighborhood, and leave no evidence. Impossible. Can Frankie, Noodle, and their gang pull it off? Written by
I saw this short at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and it thoroughly deserved the win it earned. The script was a perfect, tight parody of "Ocean's Eleven" starring a band of elementary-aged con artists knocking over a candy store instead of a casino. It lasted exactly long enough to make the audience laugh, and ended far before it wore out its welcome, a bar at which many parodies tend to fail. The young actors populating the film were incredibly appealing, and the film itself was absolutely gorgeous. It popped with vibrant color, but still maintained that slick and dirty visual feel that is the signature of the caper flick genre.
From beginning to end, it was just beautifully done, and I was actually quite proud to lose to it at the festival. This is one smart, sharp short, and I look forward to more of Amy Iorio's work.
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