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D.I.N.K.s (Double Income, No Kids) (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2011 (USA)
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When a childless freelance writer, who lives with his wife in a predominantly family-oriented suburb of Chicago, decides to write articles about discrimination against married couples without children, his career skyrockets him to local fame as the leader of a citywide D.I.N.K.s movement that suddenly lands him in court for slander. Written by Robert Alaniz

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D.I.N.K.S. Delivers
16 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Yes, Robert Alaniz makes independent films. But don't dare call them low-budget movies. Oh, he creates on a shoestring. But you'd never know that from the product on the screen. Robert's name on a film assures an experience that exceeds most of what you'll see coming out of Hollywood. Don't ask how he does it. Just enjoy it.

Having tackled mystery and science fiction in films like "Barrymore's Dream" and "Timeservers," the Frankfort auteur has moved on to comedy. "D.I.N.K.s" (Double-Income, No Kids) does not disappoint. It's light and uplifting with a real message subtly injected.

Of course, Robert has a secret weapon in all his films— his screenwriter. He has a great one. Himself. Robert has a passion for fleshing out his characters and making audiences care about them. And because not every scene in his movies is there to advance the plot, sometimes he can fool you when a minor subplot turns into a pivotal moment later in the story.

"D.I.N.K.s" is the story of Richard and Rachel, who live in a fictional Chicago suburb and have chosen not to have children. This puts them at odds with most of their friends and neighbors, who consider the couple's lives incomplete and their attitudes selfish. Yet, as we see, the others are the ones creating a generation of self-indulgent, spoiled brats. Fed up with the childish antics of both parents and their offspring, Richard (a free-lance writer) begins to write about the discrimination childless couples face. As the idea begins to grow, he eventually finds himself in conflict with municipal authority.

The acting in "D.I.N.K.s" is top notch. David Tibble as Richard and Deborah Craft as Rachel have a great sense of comedic timing— due, no doubt, to their extensive stage work. It has to be a coincidence since filming was before the Chicago mayoral election, but I found that Marco Garcia as the town's mayor bore enough resemblance to Rahm Emanuel to add an extra dimension to his already-choice character. Steve Parks' over-the-top lawyer was hilarious and Katherine Trost stole every scene she was in.

It's easy to say "Support local filmmakers" and "Support independent films." But eventually they have to be worth your support. Robert and "D.I.N.K.s" deliver the goods.


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