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Struggling comic book artist Rolanda gets fired from her job by her mean and demanding boss Vern. However, Rolanda finds herself experiencing the events of this one fateful day over and over again with some changes, but the same dismal results. Written by Woodyanders

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31 July 2012 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Struggling comic book artist Rolanda (a disarmingly sweet performance by Rita Rudner) gets fired from her job by her mean and demanding boss Vern (nicely played with lip-smacking nasty zeal by Richard Lewis). However, Rolanda finds herself repeating the events of that fateful day with some changes, but the same dismal results. Director Mick Garris, working from an insipid script by A.L. Katz and Gilbert Adler, relates the annoyingly redundant story at a brisk pace, uses a cool retro 50's film noirish style, and delivers a little mild violence and a quick sprinkling of gratuitous female nudity, but crucially fails to come through with much in the way of suspense, surprises, and dark humor. Moreover, the slight premise proves to be extremely monotonous and grindingly predictable, with a pretty irritating and dissatisfying "it never ends" inconclusive climax. That criticism aside, Rick Bota's slick cinematography provides a pleasing polished look and keeps things humming with lots of lively camera work, Nicholas Pike's jazzy score does the smooth swinging trick, having the story take place in the EC Comics office is a neat touch, and the terse 20-minute running time ensures that this particular show doesn't ever become tedious or overstay its welcome. Passable, but overall really blah and underwhelming.


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