Duck, Duck, Goose! (2005)
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Clever,witty, engaging with the kind of lightning pace of a Malcolm in the Middle episode.
Strong writing, directing, and great comedic performances by the cast. The tone is set right from the start -- this is an over-the-top farce -- and never lets up. Farces aren't easy, either. They either try too hard or just plain aren't funny.
Tech credits are strong.
Shorts are a dicey medium -- most don't work, and the ones that do work don't work nearly as well as this one. Nice job!
It centers on three single people who meet via speed dating. (Never heard about that before, but my American friend assured me it was a common activity in L.A.) One thing leads to another and you have three rather silly characters at odds. I would write more, but it's a short - don't want to spoil it for you. What makes it so enjoyable is the fast pace, the retro look of it and the MUSIC! Wonderful French classics with a spin. The opera singer was hysterical!
I should think it will do well in festivals. Too bad they didn't have the budget for 35mm, though. The story is larger than Super16. Too much grain.
I think they had pretty good production value, though you'd think a film from L.A. would be on 35mm. I mean, come on, they must have connections! The speed dating part was a nice ride, and the music was great. Loved the whole subtle "duck, duck' metaphor,too.
All in all, a nice package. Should be a good calling card for the director.