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Dinner and a Movie (2013)

After a year of exchanging romantic letters, besotted bachelor Randy Stubleski and convict Crystal Phillips finally meet when she is released from a Michigan prison.

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Ben Aston

Writers:

Ben Aston (co-writer), Maria Hummer (co-writer)
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Nathan Hennenfent Nathan Hennenfent ... Randy Stubleski
Anne Wittman ... Crystal Phillips
Martin Ashley Jones ... Terry Phillips
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After a year of exchanging romantic letters, besotted bachelor Randy Stubleski and convict Crystal Phillips finally meet when she is released from a Michigan prison.

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Short | Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Affectionate Brit View Of America
30 March 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Randy is a lonely young man . In an attempt to find love he has been corresponding with convicted prisoner Chrystal . Chrystal's release comes and Randy takes her back to his trailer but as things turn out it's not going to be the romantic night Randy was planning on

Despite having a very strong sense of time and place this is in fact a British short film . This shouldn't be seen as any sort of problem because it is a very clever and involving short film with a very clever plot turn but it also has that sort of very slightly condescending world view of Americana - " Only In America " It's a country perceived as having an astronomical crime rate , rather uneducated ,dumb people with religious leanings and slightly strange names and who live in trailers . Let me see now . Randy and Chrystal get together after Chrystal's release from the big house and they go back to Randy's trailer which has crucifixes in the background . Good job it's not set in Edinburgh Scotland otherwise it might have featured a couple falling in love as they queue up for their methadone prescription at the local chemist . That said America has TO CATCH A PREDATOR while Britain has JIM'LL FIX IT and IT'S A KNOCKOUT so let's not feel too superior to our colonial cousins

Despite the major plot turn it never feels too incredible and over the top . Much of this is down to the cast and while the narrative itself can be seen as cruel the cast have resisted the temptation to play the roles as mean criminals/pathetic victim and we do get to see even a bad person in America is capable of polite friendliness . It's not a brilliant outstanding short but it is very entertaining one


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