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Second Skin (1998)

Bumbling through the hours at his boring pet store job, gawky, shy Billy only has eyes for the store's most exotic creature, a six-foot snake. That is until the day a mesmerizing customer ... See full summary »

Director:

Amy Talkington

Writers:

Lara Shapiro (screenplay), Lara Shapiro (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksa Palladino ... Gwen
Glenn Fitzgerald ... Billy
Gary Zazulka Gary Zazulka ... Nat
Nancy Opel ... Mom
Jeff Ware Jeff Ware ... Sam
James Yaker James Yaker ... Dick
Cheryl Brubaker Cheryl Brubaker ... Sally
Jeremy Fonicello Jeremy Fonicello ... Footballer
Brian Olton Brian Olton ... Footballer
Brad Raider ... Footballer
Michael Sargeant Michael Sargeant ... Footballer
Trisha McNeil Trisha McNeil ... Bus Extra
Bess Frelinghuysen Bess Frelinghuysen ... Bus Extra
Mindy Darby Mindy Darby ... Bus Extra
Justin Alam Justin Alam ... Bus Extra
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Bumbling through the hours at his boring pet store job, gawky, shy Billy only has eyes for the store's most exotic creature, a six-foot snake. That is until the day a mesmerizing customer impulsively buys Billy's slithery charge. An unlikely love triangle is formed as the three share a bus ride through suburban hell and survive to enjoy a moment of freedom. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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(Sundance Channel Library Print)

Color:

Color
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Surrender
written by Rick Nielsen
Performed by Cheap Trick
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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Pretty good, but its ending didn't quite do it for me
26 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a short film from Amy Talkington and Lara Shapiro and it's about a rather meek young man who works in a pet shop who falls for a goth girl who comes in to buy a snake. Both characters were very interesting and I found myself liking them a lot. However, I really wish this had been expanded into a full-length film because at about 15 minutes, it was too short and there seemed to be a missing resolution. At the end, it just seemed to fizzle a bit as the snake slithered away from it's container. I really wanted the story to continue and to see what would happen next. Questions about the two (would they form a relationship or would he lose his job for just taking off?) filled my head and I would love to see this expanded. As it was, it was pretty good but not quite enough to make it exceptional--given more time, it easily could have been.


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