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Skills Like This -- In SKILLS LIKE THIS, Max Solomon has faced the awful truth that he will never be a writer. But that doesn't mean all his creative energy has to go to waste. In this inventive comedy, three friends have their lives turned upside down when one of them realizes that larceny might be his best skill.
Skills Like This -- Max Solomon faces the awful truth that he will never be a writer. So, in a desperate attempt to find his true calling, he turns to crime.


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Monty Miranda Has Got Skills Like This!
 (From MovieWeb. 16 November 2009, 4:10 AM, PST)

'Skills Like This' a delicious quirkfest
 (From Reel Loop. 30 April 2009, 2:32 PM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)

Spencer Berger ... Max

Brian D. Phelan ... Tommy

Gabriel Tigerman ... Dave

Kerry Knuppe ... Lucy

Jennifer Batter ... Lauren

Ned Bellamy ... Uncle Morris

Marta Martin ... Rosa

Zach Cumer ... Cousin Jeramiah
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Danielle Arnold ... Onion Dance Player (as Danielle Renee)
Rylie Beaty ... Girl on playground
Bret Bertholf ... Lead Singer
Brett Billings ... Band Member

Paige Black ... Girl on Bridge
Tom Borrillo ... Italian Waiter
Charlee Chiv ... Young Japanese Badass
Tupper Cullum ... Englehard

Donna Dewey ... TV Reporter

Charles Thomas Doyle ... Italian Restaurant patron (as Tom Doyle)
Amy Rose Drucker ... Nurse
Chris J. Ferrante ... Bald drunk at drive through robbery
Patty Figel ... Max's Grandma Uta
Chelsea Frye ... Onion Dance Player
Quintin Gamer ... Hall Pass Kid
Spencer George ... Businessman in Bank
Chris Grundy ... Man with Nice Suit
William Hahn ... Bank Security Guard
Travis Kellog ... Clerk in 24 Hour Store
Leon Kelly ... Leon (as Reverend Leon Kelly)

Amie MacKenzie ... Housewife
Mercedes Magee ... Elderly Woman in Bank
Jeremy Make ... Rusty
Robert Markle ... Onion Dance Player
David Mijares ... Kid in 24 Hour Store

John Nance ... Dave's Boss Mr. Levar
Suzy Nelson ... TV Anchorwoman
Winston Ngo ... Onion Dance Player
Ben O'Connor ... Band Member
Ry Feder Pruett ... Late Kid
Kent Randell ... Male Teacher
Shawn Rickel ... Construction Guy in Bank
Paul Rohrer ... Grandiose Actor
Marian Rothschild ... Max's Mom
Mark Rubald ... Bank Manager
Greg Schochet ... Band Member
Matthew D. Sheahan ... Sheingold
Damon Smith ... Band Member
Harry Sterling ... Grandpa Abe
Scott Swaggart ... Parking cop
Daniell Taff ... Gonzalo
Maggie Tisdale ... Bank Patron
Roslyn D. Washington ... Godfearing Woman in Bank
Marcus Waterman ... Mr. Nam
Halden Wofford ... Band Member
Quentin Yamasaki ... Onion Dance Player

Christa Cannon ... Italian Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Mark Diestler ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Francesca Palizzi ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Monty Miranda 
Writing credits
Gabriel Tigerman (story)

Spencer Berger  screenplay
Spencer Berger  story

Produced by
Paul Aaron .... producer
Greg 'Freddy' Camalier .... executive producer
Donna Dewey .... producer
Timothy Gray .... producer
Amy Jarvela .... line producer
Catherine J. Moore .... associate producer
Rock Obenchain .... producer
Brian D. Phelan .... producer
Daniell Taff .... associate producer
Judith Wahler .... associate producer
Original Music by
Andy Monley 
Cinematography by
Robert F. Smith 
Film Editing by
Rock Obenchain 
Casting by
Corbin Bronson 
Annie Hamilton 
Production Design by
Pamela Chavez 
Art Direction by
Jake Newsom 
Set Decoration by
Savanna Johnson 
Costume Design by
Mimi Kaupe 
Makeup Department
Jenece Amella .... assistant makeup artist
Tanya Barnes-Jones .... hair stylist
Tanya Barnes-Jones .... makeup artist
Jennifer Murphy .... hair stylist
Jennifer Murphy .... makeup artist
Colleen Provost .... key hair stylist
Colleen Provost .... key makeup artist
Michele Raftery .... hair stylist
Michele Raftery .... makeup artist
Lauren Rennells .... hair stylist
Lauren Rennells .... makeup artist
Production Management
Amy Jarvela .... unit production manager
Maria Sandhei .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Crowley .... second second assistant director
Amy Jarvela .... first assistant director: second unit
Joel Jeffrey Nishimine .... first assistant director
Michael Piznarski .... second second assistant director
Phillip Wagner .... second assistant director
Art Department
Chad Branham .... property assistant
Jessica Feavel .... property production assistant
Evan Isoline .... property production assistant
Kamla Presswalla .... scenic painter
Keith Price .... sign painter
Clay Pruitt .... art production assistant
Steven Schalk .... property master
Dave Schutz .... lead man
Michael Stano .... construction coordinator
Rebecca Totman .... props assistant
Sound Department
Robert Abbott .... sound mixer
Jeff Archuleta .... boom operator
Richard Charles .... sound production assistant
Michael Pfeifer .... sound editor
Andrew Vastola .... supervising sound editor
Paul Vastola .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Chris Rink .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Michael Lauter .... digital compositor
Tim Drnec .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Eli Berg .... electrician
Frank Dantonio .... grip
Carlos Doerr .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Cooper Donaldson .... gaffer
Shane Evans .... second assistant camera
Anthony Gudino .... best boy electric
Alan Hamilton .... grip
Brad Heiner .... key grip
Jon Helzer .... grip
Justin Stewart Johnson .... first assistant camera: second unit
Donald Jones .... grip
Mike Jones .... director of photography: second unit
Mike Jones .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Kyle Knudson .... second assistant camera
Lauren Kovarik .... camera production assistant
Will Lamborn .... electrician
Cass Letson .... grip
Cassidy Letson .... grip
John Mans .... jib operator
Monty Miranda .... additional camera operator
Erik Gunnar Mortensen .... grip (as Erik Mortensen)
Robert Muratore .... camera operator: "b" camera
Robert Muratore .... digital imaging technician
Noah Peter .... best boy grip
Andrew Phillips .... additional best boy electric
David Quint .... jib operator
David Quint .... photographer: second unit
George Tague .... gaffer
Joshua Trager .... grip
Joshua H. Trager .... grip
Joshua Weinberg .... second assistant camera (as Josh Weinberg)
Casting Department
Mitch Dickman .... extras casting
Chad Schnackel .... casting assistant
Roxane Sondrup .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brigid Moore .... wardrobe production assistant
Kaitlin Moore .... wardrobe production assistant
Meredith J. Murray .... costume supervisor
Meredith J. Murray .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Michael Lauter .... digital colorist
Jon Obenchain .... assistant editor
Scotty Pierce .... post-production production assistant
David Rennie .... consulting editor
Location Management
Justin Stewart Johnson .... location assistant
Daniell Taff .... location manager
Music Department
Shawn Amos .... music supervisor
Andy Monley .... orchestrator: songs
Mark Raynes .... orchestrator: songs
Adam Trachsel .... orchestrator: songs
Transportation Department
Issac Fogler .... driver
Phil Helman .... transportation coordinator
John E. Jaramillo .... driver
Rita Schafer .... driver
Dennis Steele .... transportation captain
Other crew
Roger Ames .... set medic
Sarah Berkovich .... cast production assistant
Paige Black .... assistant: Donna Dewey
Paige Black .... script supervisor: second unit
Barry L. Caldwell .... script supervisor
Christopher J. Corabi .... production attorney
Christopher J. Corabi .... production legal services
Andy Curtis .... office production assistant
Donna Dewey .... unit director
Rena Dusenbury .... assistant: Monty Miranda
Janine Hagarty .... office production assistant
Ashley Holm .... set production assistant
Luke Hunter .... office production assistant
Lynne Ida .... production coordinator
Luke Hunter James-Erickson .... production assistant
Andy Kelts .... set production assistant
Nick Levine .... set production assistant
Kathryn Lichty .... assistant: Amy Jarvela
MaryLynn Malone .... set medic
Catherine J. Moore .... production accountant
Austin Nunn .... office production assistant
Jessica Picune .... assistant production accountant (as Jessica Moore)
John Price Reynolds .... office production assistant
Zac Sanford .... assistant: producer
Ilynn Sutton .... craft service
Rob Sutton .... set production assistant
Maria Sylva .... assistant script supervisor
Nicole Talbot .... office production assistant
Carla Thilmont .... set production assistant
Gabriel Tigerman .... story idea
Judith Wahler .... special projects coordinator
Brian Walker .... cast production assistant
Kathryn Warner .... set production assistant
Brooke Warren .... assistant production coordinator
James M. Waugh .... script consultant
Amanda Woodson .... production secretary
Eric Zacharias .... office production assistant
Meredith Zitron .... set production assistant
Peter Berg .... special thanks
Blaine Gray .... thanks
John Hickenlooper .... special thanks

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Germany:86 min (European Film Market) | USA:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Norway:11 (TV rating)
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In the Mexican restaurant Senor Burritos the walls are covered with a stylized graphic novel depiction of the movie.See more »
Tommy:It's go time!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Point Break (1991)See more »
Song For Dave (Remix)See more »


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not as good as its premise, 29 June 2010
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Monty Miranda's "Skills Like This" has more things wrong with it than just its ungrammatical title. In fact, it's about as innocuous as an indie comedy can be without disappearing from the screen entirely.

Set in Denver, the story centers around four buddies with widely divergent personalities who, nevertheless, remain the best of friends; Dave (Gabriel Tigerman), a straight-arrow salesman who hates his job; Tommy (Brian D. Phelan), a wisecracking slacker with an inflated view of his bad-boy toughness; and Max (Spencer Berger), an unsuccessful playwright who finds he has an aptitude for petty thievery and begins to view it as his very own form of artistic expression.

The theme of going outside the law as a means of finding one's identity as an individual is a fairly amusing one at its core, but the movie makers don't really seem to have much of an idea of how to carve an interesting movie out of it. Perhaps, the script by Berger is just a bit too timid, a bit too reluctant to dive head-first into the realm of slashing satire or hard-hitting black comedy to register much of an impact, settling for feel-good, pseudo-Robin Hood pablum instead. That's a shame, seeing as how most of the actors reveal at least some degree of talent that the material gives them little opportunity to show off for the audience.

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