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Easier Said (1999)

R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Jack gets fed up with his publishing job in New York and his girlfriend and moves to Colorado, where he plans to write a novel. There he takes over his uncle's lodge and cafe, but runs into unusual problems with the oddball locals.


H. Todd von Mende





Credited cast:
Bo Clancey Bo Clancey ... Jack
Tricia Gregory Tricia Gregory ... Eldora
Alex McLeod ... Anna Sophia
Albie Parisella Albie Parisella ... Ciro
Walter Rheinfrank Walter Rheinfrank ... Addison
Jason Low Jason Low ... Little Al
Kurt Sinclair Kurt Sinclair ... Big Al (as Kurt Schwoebel)
Holly O'Neill Holly O'Neill ... Vicki
Natalia Ongaro Natalia Ongaro ... Faith
Larry G. Johnson Larry G. Johnson ... Sheriff Tiny
Karin Waidley Karin Waidley ... Dottie
Ed Fronheiser Ed Fronheiser ... Uncle Harold
Tommy Wilson-O'Brien ... Cracker (as Tommy Wilson)
Bret Granato Bret Granato ... Elmer Lansky
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Grimes Michelle Grimes ... Crabby Wife


Jack, a frustrated writer, quits his job in the publishing world because it's too crass and commercial. After catching his girlfriend with another man, Jack decides it's time to head out west to his uncle's lodge and write his great American novel. At the lodge, he meets a variety of quirky country characters who reject him at first as an outsider, but warm to his sincere effort to fit in. He also reunites with the girl he left behind when he went to the big city, a ski champion who has abandoned her Olympic dreams.

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You can't follow your dream from behind a desk


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language


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Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

23 Frames LLC See more »
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1.85 : 1
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17 May 2004 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

'Tis a scarce occurrence when a skimpily funded independent film is an artistic success, and although such is not the case in this instance, credit should be given to those who make the attempt, this particular effort primarily stumbling due to inexperience, especially relative to its scenario. In what must be viewed as being nearly a student production, an unpublished writer, Jack Buck (Bo Clancey), is unfulfilled in his position as editor for a New York City publisher, and when he is telephoned by an uncle in Colorado, offering Jack a chance to join him and manage his mountain lodge, thereby gaining the time to complete a novel, the young man eagerly accepts and resigns from his employer. His decision is easier to make when he discovers his fiancee dallying with another, but Jack is soon involved with a former girl friend in Colorado, although even greater complications appear for him at his new post when his creative flow is apparently stillborn and he faces unforeseen difficulties in managing the lodge. Other problems surface when he is beset by blandishments from a local rival who desires to obtain the lodge for conversion into a casino, and also when his former fiancee unexpectedly visits, but he nonetheless discovers a method of overcoming his writer's block in an unforeseen manner. The director, who also scripts, furnishes a highly cliched piece with enormously telegraphed dialogue and continuity flaws, most evident in a failure to give flesh to scenes supporting the storyline, and in a hurried ending, indicative as much of a lack of expertise regarding pacing and post-production polish as of budgetary constraints. Although most of the players lack film credits and want closer direction, they have theatre experience, with Holly O'Neill, Alex McLeod and Tricia Gregory contributing good turns, and the editing is effective for the most part, but the musical sound track is obtrusive and hackneyed with the mixing being quite erratic for this affair, shot largely in and near Nederland, Colorado, that benefits from multiple functions for cast and crew; the scenery is, of course, all a nature lover might want.

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