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Checkout (I) (2006)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  9 March 2006 (USA)
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A highly-trained ninja assassin settles for a job as a supermarket stock-boy amidst the very tight job market.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Franks ...
Black Shadow
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Edward / Samurai
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Mr. Jenkins
Lou Perez ...
Janitor Joe / Samurai
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Mike / 'Bootstrap' Strapmire
Matt Sadewitz ...
Drew / Sidney Finnegan
Steve Stout ...
Samurai Cashier
Scott Severance ...
Black Shadow's Dad
Elizabeth Severance ...
Black Shadow's Mom
Jose Mojica ...
Cop #1
Seth Window ...
Cop #2 / Lead Samurai
Jean Hamaker ...
Shopper
Jeff Eckman ...
EMT #1 / Samurai
Dean Wunderly ...
EMT #2
Nick Gilbert ...
Samurai
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Black Shadow, a recently graduated ninja assassin, returns home from his training to begin his career; however, due to the tight job market, he is forced to take on a job as a stock-boy at the local grocery. Mike and Drew, two fraternity brothers, hop from convenience store to convenience store exploring the competitive side of the "beer run." And Janitor Joe goes to great extremes to prove to everyone at the grocery store that he can - in fact - be a "creepy janitor" as these three seemingly disparate story lines converge in a large-scale grocery store fiasco. Written by Anonymous

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Exceptional comedy all around
14 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This short comedy is a gem in every respect - a great premise, a well-written script, strong acting and high production values. It's easily one of the best student films I've seen.

We follow three intertwined story lines, each featuring a character who aspires to a lofty calling in life. Yet each encounters indifference, even ridicule, from the people around him. "Black Shadow" just graduated from Ninja academy, and is working at a convenience store until his big break in the Ninja world opens up. Is he really a martial arts master? His only apparent skill is disappearing in a puff of smoke, which is annoying the customers. Mike is a big shot in a fraternity, and claims to have mastered the esoteric art of the beer run, which he's now trying to teach to a frat brother novice. Joe, the convenience store janitor, tries his best to spread rumors that he's a psychotic killer, but is just too nice a guy to convince anybody he's dangerous.

Are they really extraordinary people, or are they just living in a fantasy world? We only find out in the conclusion, where the story lines come together in a hysterical climax, in which all the characters show us what they're made of. The director and writer of this strange and brilliant gem have certainly shown us that they've got what it takes - and like their characters, they just might get a shot at the big time.


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