Moving to Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming an actor, Thess Pyong (Bobby Field), finds work as an extra on the set of a popular 90210-ish soap, "Rodeo Nights". After landing an audition for a speaking role he's so faithful of his chances for success he spends the day waiting for the call that will announce it and decides to record his last day of anonymity for documentary purposes. Dealing with a dim-bulb girlfriend with a shady past (Clare Kramer) and numerous other Hollywood personality types, Guy In Row 5 finds honest humor and truthfulness in its performances. Solid direction helps those performances and manages to quicken the pacing. Special kudos to the behind the scenes, on-set stuff going on at "Rodeo Nights" with Jennifer Aspen and Colin Ferguson. Those moments were hilarious and both Aspen and Ferguson shine brightly. As Thess, Bobby Field does a great job of treading the line between hopeful innocence and obnoxious optimism. There are points along the way where the cynic in you will want to slap him because he's so cheerful, but then, when the crack in his armor is finally exposed, you get to see the real man beneath it using desperate positivity as a protective cloak. The film appears to be a first time indie project for writer/producer Field and it's not a bad effort at all. Pacing is quick and the jokes are solid. The cast, as a whole, are outstanding. It's a good laugh along the way. I look forward to seeing more from this team.
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