Harold must do his best to make a good first impression on his date's one-of-a-kind father, Mr. Darling.

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Harold
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Mrs. Darling (as Michelle Marie White)
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Janet Darling
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Harold is faced with the daunting task of picking up his date for the high school dance. Amidst the rubble and decay of modern American suburbia, Harold must do his best to make a good first impression on the eccentric Mr. Darling against a series of somewhat unforeseen events. Care for something to drink Harold? Written by Matthew Lessner

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The film was featured on Wholphin 6 DVD magazine, featuring alternate audio versions by John Cleese and Daniel Handler. See more »

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Mr. Darling: Let me get myself some here.
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Sweetly Bizarre
28 November 2005 | by (Boston, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I saw this short before a main feature at The Coolidge Corner Movie House in Brookline, MA and was completely unprepared for what I saw. It's a surreal story involving a teenage boy coming to pick up his date and having to wait with her father while she finishes getting ready. This very surreal, yet good natured film is like the flip side to "Eraserhead"-an outward manifestation of the protagonist's inner anxiety. Only instead of bleak and dark, the situations are absurd and benign (the film is well lit in warm sunny tones, which add to the otherworldliness of the events). The parents of his date are more than a little bit strange, yet well intentioned and genuinely friendly towards the boy-and completely oblivious to the non sequiturs and general weirdness that abounds. No sense of malice, just a series of random events, surreal set pieces, and one very unsettled boy. I really enjoyed this short film and feel fortunate to have seen it on the big screen. If you get a chance to catch it, do so-it is as unique a film going experience as one is likely to see and a genuine pleasure.


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