1990: David, 40, looks after his dementia mom. He uses a video dating service to no avail. He buys a "Rent-A-Pal" video tape and things change.

Director:

Jon Stevenson

Writer:

Jon Stevenson
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wil Wheaton ... Andy
Brian Landis Folkins ... David
Amy Rutledge ... Lisa
Kathleen Brady Kathleen Brady ... Lucille
Adrian Egolf Adrian Egolf ... Diane
Josh Staab Josh Staab ... Cameraman
Luke Sorge Luke Sorge ... Customer
Olivia Hendrick Olivia Hendrick ... Susan
Karin Carr Karin Carr ... Carla
Sara Woodyard Sara Woodyard ... Mary
Brandon Fryman ... Skate City Employee
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Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called Rent-A-Pal. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton), the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But, Andy's friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission. Written by Pretty People Pictures

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Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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References His Girl Friday (1940) See more »

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Clever indie film
24 September 2020 | by Draysan-JenningsSee all my reviews

Well that was a surprise. I definitely wasn't expecting this movie to be as good as it was. Other then the ending I thought this movie was really good. It had a great cast and original plot. I can't really think of another film quite like it. I wouldn't necessarily call it a horror film though. It was more like a dark comedy. 6 stars from me.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rent-A-Pal See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,650, 13 September 2020

Gross USA:

$30,901

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,053
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Pretty People Pictures See more »
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Color (4K)

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2.4 : 1
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