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Side Effects (2002)

Unrated | | Short | 22 February 2002 (USA)
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When a shy, 20-something guy becomes a human guinea pig in an experimental drug test, he meets the girl of his dreams, but the drug that brings them together may be the very thing that keeps them apart.

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Crystal
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Daniel MacLeith ...
Mr. Sampson
Howard Rabinowitz ...
Nurse Peanut Butter Cup
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Paranoid
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Head Orderly
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The Puker
Al Perry ...
Zebra Drawers
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Patient (as Michelle Beyda)
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An aimless, unemployed, shy guy named Alex signs up for a 3-week stay at LABCO, an experimental drug testing facility. For $3,000, he agrees to become a human guinea pig and receive daily injections of a mystery drug. As the study progresses, Alex meets another volunteer named Crystal. Beautiful, smart, funny, with a mischievous streak, she is the girl of his dreams. Their relationship deepens with every injection, but before long, the side effects of the drug begin to kick in. As the volunteers become ill, paranoid, and violent, the study is abruptly terminated. Separated from Crystal, Alex learns the true nature of the drug he has been taking and faces the prospect of never seeing his soulmate again. Written by Scott Allen Perry <theperryboy@hotmail.com>

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$35,000 (estimated)
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Sardonic Sci-Fi
8 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Excellent casting. Scott Perry did a bang up job on this short. I personally recalled elements of Alan Arkin's "Simon", Lucas' "THX-1138" and the British sit-com "Asylum" (Simon Pegg). For a small production, it was well shot and appropriately lit. I especially enjoyed the fact that Perry played the character "straight", as it were, and gave that realistic push in order for the audience to appreciate the plot. I hate the point system, and cinephiles might become physically ill at my rating as compared to the history of short film, but I think it's a keeper. I mean, it ain't no "La Jetee", but as far as relevance to virtual reality and drug culture, it does have a place.


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