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Skills Like This (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 March 2009 (USA)
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Max Solomon faces the awful truth that he will never be a writer. So, in a desperate attempt to find his true calling, he turns to crime. In this inventive comedy, three friends have their ... See full summary »


Monty Miranda


Gabriel Tigerman (story), Spencer Berger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Spencer Berger ... Max
Brian D. Phelan Brian D. Phelan ... Tommy
Gabriel Tigerman ... Dave
Kerry Knuppe ... Lucy
Jennifer Batter Jennifer Batter ... Lauren
Ned Bellamy ... Uncle Morris
Marta Martin ... Rosa
Zach Cumer ... Cousin Jeramiah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danielle Arnold ... Onion Dance Player (as Danielle Renee)
Rylie Beaty Rylie Beaty ... Girl on playground
Bret Bertholf Bret Bertholf ... Lead Singer
Brett Billings Brett Billings ... Band Member
Paige Black ... Girl on Bridge
Tom Borrillo Tom Borrillo ... Italian Waiter
Charlee Chiv Charlee Chiv ... Young Japanese Badass


Max Solomon faces the awful truth that he will never be a writer. So, in a desperate attempt to find his true calling, he turns to crime. In this inventive comedy, three friends have their lives turned upside down when one of them realizes that larceny might be his best skill. Written by Monty Miranda

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Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Boulder, Colorado, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,413, 22 March 2009

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Technical Specs


(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the Mexican restaurant Senor Burritos the walls are covered with a stylized graphic novel depiction of the movie. See more »


Lucy: How long have you been writing poetry?
Uncle Morris: I don't know... on and off throughout my entire life. Some of us have poetry in us. Wolf Blitzer said that.
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Nice Try (but better luck next time)
26 April 2009 | by druid333-2See all my reviews

Every now and again,there is an exception to the fact that independently produced films are better than mainstream Hollywood fare. 'Skills Like These' is one of those exceptions. This is one of those films that tries like the dickens to be quirky & left of centre, but somehow fails. Max is a failure as a playwright. His latest bomb (called Onion Dance)has managed to clear the theater of audience members in it's opening night,plus given a major heart attack in it's one & only major backer (Max's grandfather). Max decides that he would do better trying to rob the bank across the street from the Mexican restaurant they spend most of their time at (where do they get the money to eat there,day after day?). Max decides to go on a crime spree, despite the guilt he feels for stealing other people's stuff. A romantic subplot only manages to bog this mostly unfunny shaggy dog story only further (although the female lead,Kerry Knuppe is easy on the eyes). Spencer Berger (who wrote the leaden screenplay)plays Max,a failed playwright with an impressive Afro hair-do. His two slacker friends,Tommy & Dave,are something out of a bad sitcom (Jay and Silent Bob have way more depth than these two). This is one film that is occasionally amusing,but lacks focus. Not rated by the MPAA,this film contains strong language & some mild sexual situations that would pretty much land it an 'R'. Thankfully,there are far better independent films to choose from out there.

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