Failure (2004)

Unrated  |  Video  |   |  Documentary, Short, Comedy  |  2 April 2004 (USA)
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A life long dream of making a feature film turns into a comedic disaster for a New Jersey filmmaker.



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Credited cast:
Harry Applegate ...
Ryan Burger ...
Uv the Dog ...
Leon Koutroumbis ...
Melissa Mulryne ...
Michael Onofri ...
Himself (as Mike Onofri)
Mark Powe ...
Jacki Ruocco ...
Julia Ruocco ...
Barbara Suchorsky ...
Chris Suchorsky ...


Imagine that at the age of 4, you dream of becoming a filmmaker. Imagine that by the age of 24, you decide to live your dream. Now imagine that you have no money, no real actors, and no equipment. How would you make your film? Would you hire friends to star in your film, max out credit cards to rent equipment, and attempt to shoot a 96-page script in 6 days? Filmmaker Chris Suchorsky did just that. What was the end result? Complete and total disaster. So what do you do when your dream fails? You make a film about being a FAILURE. Written by Jen Grimm

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Reality Can Be Funnier Than Fiction


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Very Good, but it could have been Great with Better Editing
19 July 2008 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

I've seen this short film on IFC a couple of times.

Chris Suchorsky, amateur filmmaker and self-proclaimed "dumbass", attempts to make a shoestring budget feature film which turns into a comedy of errors. Three years after shooting, he reads an article about the film "Lost in La Mancha" and decides to finally abandon editing his original film and to make this short film about his failure to make the original film.

The first six minutes of the film and the last four minutes of the film are very interesting, insightful and funny. This includes the clever opening credits, his statement of failure, and his amusing biography on the front end, and includes his sporadic editing of his original film, his "genius" decision to "turn crap into gold" by making this film, and the very funny closing credits on the back end.

The middle 20 minutes of the film details all that went wrong on a day by day account of the six day shooting schedule. The problems include renting equipment that he doesn't know how to use, getting drunk one night and leaving the equipment at a friend's house (who happens to be out of town the next day), having no crew, actors/actresses who don't keep their scheduled shooting commitments, and many others. But the biggest single problem was attempting to use his "idiot friends" as actors, and invariably ending up with footage of them drinking beer, goofing off in front of the camera and cracking up every time they try to deliver a line.

The only problem I had with this otherwise fine short film was the editing of the middle 20 minutes. The day by day account got a bit tedious, especially when we started seeing the same stuff over and over. There were way too many clips of his annoying "idiot friends" cutting up in front of the camera, and it quickly became painful and lasted long after we got the point. It was like watching stoners who crack up and giggle at everything... even though nothing funny is happening. And then, there were repeats of the same stuff. I'm mean... c'mon... how many times do we need to see the footage of UV the dog humping a blanket, or that one guy squeal "You had sex with my momma!".

Overall... a very good 30 minute short film, but with some better editing, it could have been an excellent 20-22 minute short film. And read the small print closing credits carefully... some funny stuff there.

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