When perpetually disgruntled twentysomething Hunter Reeves is fired from a chain bookstore, his best chance at regaining some semblance of financial security is by offering himself to ...
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When perpetually disgruntled twentysomething Hunter Reeves is fired from a chain bookstore, his best chance at regaining some semblance of financial security is by offering himself to Pharmakhem, which, despite being exactly the type of pharmaceutical conglomerate Hunter is prone to despise, is paying good money for human test subjects. Along with his fellow unemployed friends Nicki and Greg, Hunter agrees to set aside his most recent Noam Chomsky book and swallow an experimental anti-depressant. Unlike Prozac, however, this drug doesn't encourage proper brain chemistry as much as it induces stupidity. Ignorance really is bliss for Hunter; while he finds himself increasingly unconcerned with the state of the world, he's also becoming progressively dumber. Written by
This is a really smart independent comedy with energetic and inspired performances from a great cast. I've seen it maybe half a dozen times at festival and benefit screenings, and the thing that strikes me again and again is that the cast and crew all seem to be on the same page, having a blast, sharing jokes and communicating with the audience in a really unique, fresh way. It never fails to make me laugh in the same places over and over, but I also find great new things each time I see it. The creative trio behind the film, writer-director-actor-producers Courtney Davis and John Merriman and cinematographer-producer David Layton are very talented, up-and-coming Austin filmmakers who have put together an assured, accomplished first feature film. Davis and Merriman are two of the movie's leads, and their comic abilities are impressive and immediately obvious. With the quality of their work in front of the camera and in the writing and directing of Buttons, they show great promise and have a very bright future in filmmaking ahead of them. For Layton's part, he's shot a great looking film, doing wonders on what had to be a very tight budget. Unlike so many independent films, Buttons looks and sounds great and polished throughout. It's also free of the endless, static scenes of people drinking coffee and talking about their twenty-something lives that often plague independent films. Buttons is utterly free of pretension, quite a feat for a first feature. It's an incredibly funny, well-paced and expertly crafted film that should not be missed.
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