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The Parlor (2001)

A group of people are gathered in a room, which is a "live" depiction of a typical Internet chat room. Some pretends to be much younger than they are, to chat up minors. Two of them falls victim of their own scam in a surprising way.

Director:

Geoffrey Haley

Writer:

Geoffrey Haley
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ian Vogt ... Skater
Reggie Lee ... Slappy Sue
Scott Alan Smith ... Jerry
Jan Hoag ... Bambi
Richard Riehle ... Beth
David Starwalt David Starwalt ... Schizo
Jesse McClurg Jesse McClurg ... Joey
Mariana Geschke Mariana Geschke ... Mandybear
Aaron Henry ... Freaker
Matt Hannigan ... Security Guard
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Storyline

A group of people come together in an anonymous waiting room. All are wearing name tags. As they exchange small talk, though, we realize there's something odd: some of them are saying things about themselves that are clearly false, like the middle-aged man "Beth" and another middle-aged man hitting on a 14-year-old girl. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гостиная See more »

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Color
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Trivia

The poster of the butterflies at the start of the short reads "When a collection of brilliant minds, hearts and talents come together... expect a masterpiece." See more »

Quotes

Jerry: Cool name.
Mandybear: Thanks.
Jerry: Do you like bears?
Mandybear: They're okay, I guess.
Jerry: Yeah. I think bears are definitely where it's at. So how old are you?
Mandybear: I'm 14. You?
Jerry: [Jerry is obviously a middle-aged man] I'm 15.
Mandybear: Cool.
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Special thanks to everyone at "Six Feet Under" See more »

Connections

References Bambi (1942) See more »

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Frighteningly realistic
28 March 2002 | by tlowell-2See all my reviews

Anyone who has ever wasted time in a chat room needs to see this short film. It cleverly, accurately, and chillingly depicts the world behind the computer screen. THE PARLOR will evoke nervous laughter as you recognize yourself in one of the many archetypal chat room denizens: psycho flamer; boy band freak; on-the-make middle-aged married guy; bored, sex-obsessed teen; closeted homosexual; and more.

From his filmography, Geoffrey Haley appears to be a protege of Alan Ball, creator of HBO's Six Feet Under. It would interesting to see if he gets any writing or directing gigs on that show.


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