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The Brass Teapot -- When a couple discovers that a brass teapot makes them money whenever they hurt themselves, they must come to terms with how far they are willing to go

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Tim Macy (screenplay)
Ramaa Mosley (story) ...
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Release Date:
15 April 2013 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
No Pain. No Gain.
Plot:
When a couple discovers that a brass teapot makes them money whenever they hurt themselves, they must come to terms with how far they are willing to go. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Juno Temple ... Alice

Michael Angarano ... John

Alexis Bledel ... Payton

Billy Magnussen ... Arnie

Alia Shawkat ... Louise

Bobby Moynihan ... Chuck

Steve Park ... Dr. Ling (as Stephen Park)

Ben Rappaport ... Ricky

Lucy Walters ... Mary

Jack McBrayer ... Joe

Debra Monk ... Trudy
Michael Delaney ... Mr. Tutor

Tara Copeland ... Mrs. Tutor

Thomas Middleditch ... Gilad

Bob McClure ... Yoel (as Robert Michael McClure)
Rebecca Darke ... Mollia
Ian Scott McGregor ... Interviewer

Travis Myers ... Bartender

Matt Walsh ... Antique Dealer

Danielle Kotch ... Eight Year Old
M.K. Walsh ... Female Reporter (as Mary Kate Walsh)

Claudia Mason ... Donna

Cristin Milioti ... Brandi
Roland J. Walton ... BMW Dealer
Christopher Maggi ... Antiques Roadshow Attendee 1
Matthew Backer ... Antiques Roadshow Attendee 2
Yuen Byun ... Waxer
Adam Files ... Mr. Tutor's Lover

Kirk Roos ... Highway Patrolman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marley Ficalora ... Skateboarder (uncredited)

Christopher Jon Gombos ... Cowboy (uncredited)

William Todd Levinson ... Reception Attendee (uncredited)

Harry L. Seddon ... Antique Collector (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ramaa Mosley 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tim Macy (screenplay)

Ramaa Mosley (story) &
Tim Macy (story)

Produced by
Michael Corso .... executive producer
P. Jennifer Dana .... executive producer
Taylor Ferguson .... associate producer
Ryan Folsey .... associate producer
Darren Goldberg .... producer
James Graves .... producer
Anthony Gudas .... executive producer
Noah C. Haeussner .... associate producer
Lanre Idewu .... executive producer
Don H. Julien .... associate producer
Louise Lovegrove .... line producer
Ramaa Mosley .... producer
Diane Nabatoff .... executive producer
Elad Offer .... associate producer
Michael Raimondi .... associate producer
Erik Rommesmo .... executive producer
Kirk Roos .... producer
Jeff Schlossman .... executive producer
Natalie Simpkins .... producer
Cynthia P. Stafford .... executive producer
Erin Tauscher .... associate producer
Joshua Thurston .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Andrew Hewitt 
 
Cinematography by
Piotr Simonitski 
 
Film Editing by
Ryan Folsey 
 
Casting by
Laura Rosenthal 
 
Production Design by
Elizabeth J. Jones 
 
Art Direction by
Brian Goodwin 
 
Set Decoration by
Heather Thomas 
 
Costume Design by
Malgosia Turzanska 
 
Makeup Department
Mia Bauman .... assistant makeup artist
Gabi Cretan .... co-key makeup artist
Cretan Gabriela .... co-key makeup artist
Sarah Hindsgaul .... hair stylist
Satoko Ichinose .... hair department head
Maia Kern .... hair stylist
Regan Livingstone .... key make-up artist: second unit
Arielle Toelke .... makeup department head
Elena Tudor .... co-key hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicholas R. Bell .... second assistant director
Don H. Julien .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Weston Auburn .... art coordinator
Yeun Byun .... prop graphics
Raquel Cedar .... art department coordinator
Stefon Dejon .... art graphics
Alan Dickson .... assistant property master
Ray Dillon .... comic artist
Nikolai Drjuchin .... prop designer
Patrick Eaton .... leadman
Ellen Johansing .... property master
D.J. Theriot .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Gillian Arthur .... boom operator
Andrea Chang .... sound effects editor
Cary Clark .... technical support
Mike Guarino .... production sound mixer
Jeffrey Hubbard .... sound effects editor
Stanley Kastner .... sound re-recording mixer
Russell Knight .... foley editor
Mark L. Mangino .... supervising adr editor
Mark L. Mangino .... supervising sound editor
Ben Olson .... sound recordist
Jeffrey A. Pitts .... sound designer
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Roman Turtev .... sound engineer assistant
Justin W. Walker .... dialogue editor
Nicholas Williams .... boom operator
Milos Zivkovic .... adr recordist
Milos Zivkovic .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Mannix Rickenbacher .... graphic designer
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Angelo .... flame artist
Michael Angelo .... visual effects artist
Logan Aries .... visual effects producer
David J. Blumenfeld .... cg supervisor
Spencer Hecox .... senior visual effects artist
Myles Huck .... visual effects artist
Todd Iorio .... color grading supervisor
Todd Iorio .... visual effects supervisor
Patrick Keenan .... visual effects artist
Ben Looram .... visual effects artist
Elad Offer .... visual effects supervisor
Amir Qureshi .... visual effects artist
Lyra Rider .... visual effects coordinator
Seth Silberfein .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Jay Carrado .... stunt double (as Jay Lee Carrado)
Roy Farfel .... stunt driver
Christopher Jon Gombos .... stunts
Mihai Ionita .... stunts
Declan Mulvey .... assistant stunt coordinator
Kevin Rogers .... stunt double: Michael Angarano
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Nicolae Stoica .... stunts
Patrick M. Walsh .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rebecca Arndt .... first camera/ac
Jeffrey Steven Brink .... video assist playback
Glen L. Chin .... first assistant camera: second unit
A.J. Desimone .... grip intern
Patrick Doherty .... grip
Shane Duckworth .... second unit: director of photography
Sam Ellison .... additional first assistant camera
Tracy Estes .... gaffer: second unit
Sean Feehan .... electrician
Nicola Guarneri .... gaffer
Erin Henning .... first assistant camera
David Isern .... camera operator
David Isern .... steadicam operator
Bruce Jones .... best boy electric
David Kruta .... digital imaging technician
Peter Milmoe .... grip
Jason Montague .... electrician
Chris Mosson .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jon O'Sullivan .... electric intern
Raina Oberlin .... third electric
Zach Rubin .... b camera: second assistant
Jill Sager .... second assistant camera: a camera
G.T. Womack .... first assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Ray Dillon .... illustration & motion graphics artist: opening animation
 
Casting Department
Jodi Angstreich .... casting associate
Maribeth Fox .... casting associate
Patricia Gallio .... extras casting coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachaell Dama .... wardrobe assistant
Lauren Glasgow .... costume assistant
Lisa Hennessy .... wardrobe supervisor
Arefeh Mansouri .... costumes
Jennifer Louise Tillery .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Logan Aries .... digital intermediate producer
Amanda Elliott .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Amanda Elliott .... on-line editor
Noah C. Haeussner .... post-production supervisor
Zachary Kashkett .... post-production assistant
Mackenzie Luzzi .... post-production coordinator
John-Michael Powell .... additional editor
Carolyn Woods .... digital intermediate colorist
Eric R. Brodeur .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Kent Pritchett .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
The Composers Ensemble .... musicians: orchestra
Andrew Hewitt .... conductor
Andrew Hewitt .... orchestrator
Lindsay Jones .... composer: additional music
Patrick Jonsson .... assistant to composer
Jon Mooney .... music editor
Nick Taylor .... score recording engineer & mixer
Milos Zivkovic .... music editor
 
Other crew
Alex Allgood .... voice over
Joel Blanco .... production accountant
Mike Caravella .... unit production assistant
Heather Casto .... catering services
Nicole Compas .... production counsel
Rashi DeStefano .... production coordinator
Leigh Dillon .... dialect coach: Juno Temple
Leigh Dillon .... dialect coach: Stephen Park
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Karl Hartman .... assistant production coordinator
Ross Louis Klein .... production assistant
Kyle Leatherberry .... adr voice artist
Cornelia Livingston .... production assistant
Irina-Andreea Malcea .... production coordinator: Romanian unit
Michael T. Mergen .... office production assistant
Mamie Mitchell .... script supervisor
Alyssa Plackitt .... assistant post-production accountant
Brianna Reitter .... stand-in
Gary E Schreiber .... tax accountant
Barbara Sebring-Forman .... location scout
Tom Sexton .... location manager
Ian M. Stratford .... financial counsel
Samantha Treiber .... production assistant
Jeffrey M. Weber .... key set production assistant
Pattie Wood .... post-production accountant
Shane Young .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Midas Von Haeussner .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, some sexual content, language and drug use
Runtime:
101 min
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Trivia:
Ramaa Mosley first learned about Tim Macy after typing "best Short Story" on google. The two later met online and decided to make the short story that was to be "The Brass Teapot" into a comic book before adapting it to film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When John and Alice are in the library, Alice rips a page out of the "Magical Objects and Potions" book. When John first notices, there are certain pages to the left and right of the torn out one. In the next shot with John, they are totally different pages with the torn page still in the middle.See more »
Quotes:
Ricky:So, what sort of dog do you two have? I heard him howling last night, sounds like a big fellow.
John:Oh, we don't have a dog. That was just some really violent sex.
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Movie Connections:
Version of The Brass Teapot (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Fought The LawSee more »

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28 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
No rubbing or wishing required, 6 March 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Ramaa Mosley's The Brass Teapot is yet another film that exercises its unalienable right to be an enthusiastically quirky gem of an indie film. My definition of "enthusiastically quirky" will likely be different than yours, as mine concerns a premise that needed to take a considerable amount of time to develop and an even larger amount of work in order to sustain feature-length. The quintessential example that comes to mind is last year's black comedy Bernie, by notorious indie director Richard Linklater, concerning the gentle town funeral director who did the unthinkable by killing a verbally abusive older woman whose husband had recently passed. It was a terrific motion picture in terms of tone, character development, and setting, but also, took on the challenge of humanizing a rather genial character doing the truly despicable. What made it "enthusiastically quirky" was just the overall way it was conducted, with characters with enigma and personality, and a storyline that you wouldn't believe would be interesting after fifty minutes. I guess what I'm trying to say here is, when you see enthusiastically quirky, you'll know enthusiastically quirky.

But I digress. The Brass Teapot revolves around John and Alice (Michael Angarano and Juno Temple , respectively), a lower middle class couple struggling to make ends meet in such unforgiving times. He is a telemarketer selling needless Television warranties. She is a woman unable to accept an entry-level position and start straight at the top, with an arts history major under her belt.

One day, they stumble upon an antique shop run by an older woman, and when she finds herself in an "I desperately want this phase," Alice steals a brass teapot out of the blue. Not long after stealing it, Alice and John discover that the teapot, which is beautifully welded and meticulously crafted, actually possesses a strange power; if the owner of it inflicts pain on themselves or someone else they will be rewarded with money, often in the hundreds. This causes Alice and John to resort to drastic measures to obtain cash, with methods including a full-Brazilian wax and dental surgery without any Novocaine. They soon learn that their newfound treasure and only source of income is a highly desired piece by not only violent Orthodox Jews but a mysterious Asian man, who claims that everyone who has come in contact with that pot has emerged forever changed and not for the better.

Of course, Alice and John do not listen and play by the teapot's obscure rules, which seem to change at anytime. For example, after a while the pot seems to stop providing so much cash for physical pain and resorts to mental pain, which Alice and John decide to inflict on each other and their closest friends. The comic possibilities are endless, and writer Tim Macy (Who also wrote the 2007-short of the same name) exposes them all with blackly funny results and a zealous energy.

However, perhaps one-hundred and one minutes devoted to a story of a teapot that can produce money at the expense of pain may be a bit lengthy. I can see some tiring after twenty minutes and some wanting more from this story. For me, this was around perfect length; it exercises all or most possibilities that can be done with the story, it keeps things fast-paced and entertaining, and, for the most part, we resonate with the characters' dilemmas and see them as more as story archetypes. This is a better alternative than melodramatic indie fare, to say the least.

I've been victim to stupidity when it comes to picking films based on their actors and not totally thinking the premise over, but The Brass Teapot was a fine gamble. It has heart, wit, intelligence, and humor almost bursting from its seams. Mark it down as yet another quirky film for the year of 2013, but put it in the category of quirky films that work efficiently.

Starring: Michael Angarano and Juno Temple. Directed by: Ramaa Mosley.

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