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2002: Jake Mitchell is the defending World West Coast Swing Champion. He's got everything going for him: looks, personality, and style. He's at the top of his game when he and his partner ... See full summary »
A little bit too pleased with itself, but still a light and enjoyable little short
This movie is going to be about a man who grows a mustache but nobody likes his mustache and people hate him because of his mustache and all his friends leave him and it is a very serious drama about a man and his mustache.
As the opening line of the film suggests, this little film is going to be nothing close to being a serious drama but rather is a knowingly presented little short which is quite light and fun for the most part. A man grows a mustache and begins a story about acceptance and being true to one's self; as such it is amusing and the device of the mustache makes it a bit unusual. This feeling is helped mainly by the narration, which is quite funny and well delivered by Kali Rocha. The musical background is not really a problem, but it hints at the problem with the film which is that it is ultimately all a bit light and pleased with its own sense of lightness. It doesn't really help that everything about it is so polished from the high production values, the slick narration, the presence of well known actors, and so on. Because of this I can understand why some may dislike the film because the tone really is on the edge of knowing smugness so it could easily go either way depending on the individual or what sort of day you are having.
For me personally it just about manages to stay on the right side of it, being quite precious without ever really tipping over into being annoying or too full of its own charm and wit. A finely walked line at times, but mostly it is light and enjoyable.
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