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Clever, but I wanted to see more

8/10
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
4 February 2009

This is a cute little comedy that was written and directed by Stuart Altman--AND he even appeared in the film. Considering that it was his first film as director or writer, it's a heck of a first effort. Like almost all independent shorts, you cannot expect perfection but the film is more a calling card that can be used to hopefully open doors to better things. Well, considering that the film made me laugh several times and had many wonderful moments, I assume the future is bright for Mr. Altman.

The film is about an internship in the entertainment industry. There is tough competition but at the same time, the people hiring are real jerks--from the indifferent receptionist to the boss who has the personality of Ghengis Khan on a bad day...when he has a migraine and his favorite sword is misplaced or his lackeys do a lousy job of impaling prisoners and subjugating the masses. THAT sort of personality! And, what ultimately decides who gets the internship seems to random and pointless.

I do not work in the entertainment industry but have long assumed there are a lot of idiots in the field based on the films I've seen. However, I hope that this clever indictment into the soul-less people on top doesn't actually backfire for Altman. What if some big money man is too much like the boss in this film and he doesn't have a sense of humor about this! In addition to these scenes at the agency, there also is a very funny bit involving port-a-potties. You'll have to see it to understand. And I thought, like the other character, that he would have come out blue.

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