The premise is simple, why work at an electronics store or bank when you can be famous. All you have to do is find fame. Eh, maybe not so simple. Try the stage? Screen? Politics? How about getting your screenplay into the hands of Quinten Tarantino? Linus, played with comedic understatement by Michael A. LoCicero, does just that and more at the urging of his close buddy JB, played by Jeff Hodge whose performance often steals the show.
Tagging along are Charlie played by Brad Morrissey, Sally, played by Lindsey Cranshaw, Charlie's sister who has a crush on Linus and rounding out this terrific cast is Susan Travers as Lucy, the big serious (mean?) sister to Linus, who keeps pushing Linus to grow up and get a real job. Without spoiling the film, Travers has the best scene in the film, when she allows Lucy's softer side to show.
If the names ring a bell it is no coincidence, there is s definite nod to Charles Schultz's Peanuts. And it works.
Written by Anthony Ambrosino and Nicholas Delmenico, as well as directed by Ambrosino, Sleather reminds me of the buddy movies of my youth. In a good way. It brought me back to the innocence of Breaking Away, American Graffiti or Stripes. with the occasional goof ball jokes of early Mel Brooks, Woody Allen or The Marx Brothers.
All done perfectly with tongue in cheek and a huge heart.
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