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Social Guidance (2005)

Formosa (original title)
| Comedy | 2005 (USA)
A struggling social guidance filmmaker spends his last dollars on a mysterious con man he mistakes for a Method actor.

Director:

Noah Kadner

Writers:

Noah Kadner (story), Jamieson Stern (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jamieson Stern Jamieson Stern ... Clay Crawford
Jessica Kiper ... Anne-Marie Silver
Steven Gilborn ... Sid Silver
Clayton Rohner ... Ted Gregory
Cameron Bender ... Hank Peterson
Richard Keith ... Jimmy McNichol
Saginaw Grant ... Red Hightower
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Sven Halleus
Tara Nulty Tara Nulty ... Virginia Selikovitz
Geoffrey Lewis ... Lucky Marshall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryil Adamson ... School Board Chair
Evan Adrian ... Timmy
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A struggling social guidance filmmaker spends his last dollars on a mysterious con man he mistakes for a Method actor.

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Sex... Drugs... and Bad Study Habits!

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Social Guidance See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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High Road Productions See more »
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Brandon Routh was considered for the role of Hank. Emilie de Ravin, Maggie Grace and Jenna Fischer were considered for the role of Anne-Marie. See more »

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References Ed Wood (1994) See more »

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Worth seeing...
24 July 2005 | by grottofilmsSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Reelheart film festival in Toronto in late June, and it was very funny. It's a light-hearted film which revolves around a group of social guidance filmmakers who have lost their touch. Add a mysterious loner, a desperate situation, and a few subtle jabs at Hollywood and you have a fun but predictable story. Like many big studio pictures, you know how it's going to end. Luckily, the journey is fun, with some surprising and witty moments. It's interesting how it pokes fun at how out-of-touch filmmakers can be with their audience. If you're a filmmaker or you just love Troy McClure, you'll like this movie.

The direction is well paced, I don't remember being bored at anytime during the film. Production values are good, with a fifties' dinerish style of production design and solid cinematography throughout. The acting doesn't go over the top with the comedy except maybe Ted Gregory as the villain. Good script, unexplored territory in some ways.

Trapped at a festival full of depressing documentaries about dying children and missing loved ones, this movie was quite refreshing. Go see it if you have a chance.

Formosa succeeds where many Hollywood comedies do not--it's entertaining.


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