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Reality of Life (2002)

Spencer Morgan just graduated college in Colorado and is about to open a store in California with a couple of his friends. Spencer has been unlucky in love and is sick of all the games that... See full summary »


Michael Howard


Michael Howard


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Layton Edward Layton ... Spencer
Erin Jindra Erin Jindra ... Sarah
Michael Howard ... Jason
Angela Rael Angela Rael ... Jodie
Andrew Porter Andrew Porter ... Ryan
Sarah Bousquet Sarah Bousquet ... Heather
Melissa Chartier Melissa Chartier ... Karen
Darrell Louder Darrell Louder ... Daryl
Kyle Landon Snoddy Kyle Landon Snoddy ... Vincent (Vinkie)
Andrew Bugenhagen Andrew Bugenhagen ... Store Owner
Alison Smith Alison Smith ... Party photographer
Joshua Stopper Joshua Stopper ... Restaurant waiter
Edward John Wilson Edward John Wilson ... Video store customer
Marie Wilson Marie Wilson ... Video store customer
Kelli Wilson Kelli Wilson ... Video store customer


Spencer Morgan just graduated college in Colorado and is about to open a store in California with a couple of his friends. Spencer has been unlucky in love and is sick of all the games that surround it. His best friend Jason is in a relationship that is rapidly nearing an end. Soon they'll be able to open the shop and forget about all their troubles. Sarah Crawford is a young woman with a hidden secret and Spencer falls for her. Sarah will try her best to keep her secret but when it's revealed, will their relationship be the same? Can it be? Friendships, relationships, and love will be put to the test. Written by Michael Howard

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Friendships. Relationships. Love. All will be put to the test. See more »









Release Date:

25 May 2002 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$12,000 (estimated)
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Sarah's position on the bed when sitting across from Spencer. See more »


Spencer: She's great. Nobody's ever hit me like this before.
Jason: Hit you? She's a sadist?
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A good film with promise.
22 October 2005 | by DanielHillSee all my reviews

Reality of Life is a good independent film and is a surprisingly well-done directorial debut. The film is heavy on dialog and that is one of the main problems. The title suggests a realism that is felt in the film; however the repetition we have in actual life doesn't translate as well on a screen. Although realism was a goal, an audience expects and needs a little more to keep them interested. Howard's writing keeps us in the moment but it misses opportunities to make those moments more special and it's a shame.

The leads Layten and Jindra are very good in their roles but it's hard for us to be involved in their characters' personalities as much. We want them to be more interesting and their love story to really pull us in. Unfortunately the two characters seeing something in each other isn't always enough for us as an audience to be engrossed in the relationship too. We need something to invest us into them as well so we know exactly who they are, what they're feeling, and why it's so important to them. It's the second half of the film (and especially near the end) that this starts to happen more but by that time we're just getting warmed up, it's almost over. They play the parts very well though and the end scenes are their greatest. The supporting role Howard plays is the most complicated and I can see why Howard would want it for himself. He plays the humor very well and we start to care for his character more as we see the struggle that slowly builds throughout and his jokes no longer hide the fact that he's a sensitive person. It's a nice arc and Howard plays the drama greatly and is very impressive. Bousquet and Porter are also very good but have very little screen time. Some of the other actors are where the quality of the film is lost a little.

The cinematography is wonderful and Bull really makes moments shine. The editing is fairly unobtrusive and adds a realistic element to the film. The music works for the most part with the orchestral score being a high point. The ending and even the main plot is something I will not reveal here as it's better to let it unfold, but there were several places I thought I could tell what was going to happen, and I was wrong each time. The last 20 minutes of the film is worth the price of admission alone. Unfortunately, the beginning and middle are slower paced and it takes us a while to get more into it. The idea is great; the execution just needed a little more oomph. There are some very powerful scenes throughout and if the whole film held us like those did, it would be much better.

Though this film is flawed in places and could use some writing editing, it's a nice effort and leaves us with a touching film that makes you think a little bit. I hope that his film is something he can expand his talent on and really impress us with his future work. I think there can be some great things ahead.

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