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Broken (2005)

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Todd has lost his job, his apartment, and his girlfriend. The only thing left to lose may be his mind.

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Jay Hollinsworth
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Paul Phipps Paul Phipps ... Todd Kellogg
Dick Boland Dick Boland ... Larry Kellogg
Carolyn Camburn ... Sarah
John Thudium John Thudium ... Silliwiggles
Kristen Humphrey Kristen Humphrey ... Katie Anne Wood
Melissa Lotstein Melissa Lotstein ... Michelle
Harry Weit Harry Weit ... Hypnotherapist
Judith Boleski Judith Boleski ... Mom
Andrew Tucci Andrew Tucci ... Supervisor / Cashier / Monkey
Thomas Edward Seymour Thomas Edward Seymour ... Copy Center Clerk
Eva Tarnawski Eva Tarnawski ... Larry's Lady Friend
Mary Gerlach Mary Gerlach ... Motel Desk Clerk
Heather Renee Kaminsky Heather Renee Kaminsky ... Cindy From Mutual United
Peter B. Riley Peter B. Riley ... Annoying Guy
Ken Kitch Ken Kitch ... Customer / Elephant
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Todd has lost his job, his apartment, and his girlfriend. The only thing left to lose may be his mind.

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A Comedy Beyond Repair

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USA

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English

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28 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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Mean Time Productions See more »
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Bites off more than it can chew
5 December 2010 | by billtobin10See all my reviews

This was a difficult film, in that I found myself inspired by what it could have been instead of what it actually was. On the surface, it appears to be a standard-issue, dark, indie comedy but, frustratingly, there are ideas at work here that flirt with brilliance. The plot is deceptively simple: sad sack gets dumped, evicted and fired and returns to his childhood home for some healing, only to find his parents gone and his older brother standing guard. If this sounds an awful lot like a cookie-cutter indie comedy, then you may understand the problem. It's almost as if writer/director Jay Hollinsworth feels the need to brand the film a conventional crowd-pleaser when, in fact, the parts that work aren't comic at all. There are some sequences which bring to mind Robbe-Grillet in the repetitive handling of details and fractured structure of the narrative, in particular a scene that begins in a Chinese restaurant but concludes (without explanation) in a Mexican restaurant. The fact is, however, that ideas do not a movie make, and as great as those ideas are, Hollinsworth seems content to let them drown in a vat of standard issue comedy and Clerks-ian dialogue. It feels almost as if there's a lack of confidence and commitment to create something of significance rather than something disposable and jokey. Let me be clear, the film doesn't deserve a score of 9 but due to the suspiciously down-skewed current rating, I decided I'd attempt to "right the ship" slightly. All things being equal, I'd probably rate it a 6 or 7.


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