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A comedy writer's need for approval leads him to a wonder elixir that bends his world into a surreal landscape of comedy tropes, which forces him to explore his own worth outside the... See more »

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Les Candalero
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Jim 'Pops' Poppas
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Debra
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Rachel Poppas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aurora Adachi-Winter ...
Jogging Girl 1
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Carmella
Devin Bethea ...
Hot Dog Prodigy
Vijay Bhargava ...
Gardener
Katelyn Bittke ...
Erica
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Fran Tender
Gary Brichetto ...
Caesar
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Stage Hand
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Paul
JoBe Cerny ...
Dr. Booregard Von Shriek
Roberta Chung ...
Partygoer
Calei Ann Clark ...
Mary
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Stan Veckel
Jazzma Crofton ...
Dating Montage Girls (3)
Jams Dean ...
Skid Knifeman
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Maggie Dog
Jeannette DiGiovine ...
Annie Condo
Candace C. Edwards ...
Bar Patron
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Peter
Paul Fleschner ...
Craig
Sassie Frass ...
The Schnauzer
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Vinnie
Danielle Gatta ...
Young Girl at Wake
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Benjamin 'Petitioner' Frisbie
LaQuin Groves ...
Carlos
Sammy Gurevich ...
Ricky
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Waiter
Chloe Howcroft ...
Irene Glasses
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Al
Marshall Jacobson ...
Joey
Anne Jacques ...
Mrs. Candalero
Kasia Januszewski ...
Dating Montage Girl
Thomas Kelly ...
The Canadian
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Chelsea Checkout
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Mrs. Katz
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Hannah Date
Morgan Lord ...
Brittainy
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Young Girl at Party
Ben McBurnett ...
Stage Hand
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Samantha Market
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Phil (as Chris Meister)
Steve Merle ...
Del Mandel
Susan Monts-Bologna ...
Laura
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Vic
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Elaine Couch
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Fitness Runner
Faith Phares ...
Dating Montage Girls (1)
Melissa Revels ...
Erin Book
Armando Reyes ...
Madrid
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Madrid
Heather Salm ...
Beth Herrier
Fred Schutz ...
Shopkeeper
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Zalia Video
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Lily
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Gary
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Dan
Steven D. Taylor ...
Mourner
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Dina Velvet
Kaela West ...
Che

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Christian Gridelli

Written by

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Christian Gridelli ... (co-writer)
 
Hunter Norris ... (co-writer)

Produced by

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Luke Boyce ... executive producer
Paul Fleschner ... executive producer
Christian Gridelli ... producer
Brett Hays ... producer
Jason Knade ... co-producer
Hunter Norris ... producer
Chadwick Struck ... co-producer

Music by

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Luke Anderson

Cinematography by

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Ben McBurnett

Film Editing by

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Danny Fogarty ... (edited by)
Cameron Yergler ... (addtional editing)

Editorial Department

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Matt Harger ... colorist

Casting By

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Chadwick Struck

Production Design by

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Amanda Brinton

Art Direction by

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Lena Rush

Set Decoration by

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Jennifer Herrig

Costume Design by

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Michael Alan Stein

Makeup Department

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Alyssa Aiken ... assistant makeup artist
Zee Gustafson ... hair stylist / key makeup artist / makeup artist / special makeup effects artist
Justine Losoya ... assistant makeup artist
Jerilyn Novak ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Brett Hays ... unit production manager
Jason Knade ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anthony Buck ... second assistant director
Anthony E. Cabral ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Robin Lee ... art production assistant
Eliza Sohn ... art p.a.

Sound Department

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T.J. Callaway ... sound editor
Luke D'Angelo ... boom operator
Derek O'Rourke ... sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Gabriel Mozart Steven Abeyta ... second assistant camera (as Gabe Abetya)
Greg Boris ... best boy
Zach Cieslak ... dolly grip
Michael Dorsey ... dolly grip
Sara Ingram ... assistant camera / first assistant camera
Lauren King ... set photographer
Ryan P. McMahon ... additional grip
Colin Prall ... key grip
Nick Shamblott ... gaffer
Bradley Ian Smith ... swing grip
Cory Solon ... assistant camera (as Corey Solon) / first assistant camera (as Corey Solon)
Anna Zorn ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Amy O'Connell ... casting coordinator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kate Grube ... costume assistant
Mallory Sabian ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Alex Hughes ... location manager
Thomas Lounsbury ... location assistant

Script and Continuity Department

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Anna Zorn ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Allison Bauer ... production assistant
Morris Chukhman ... dog trainer and owner
Mark Davino ... head chef
Peter Kovic ... production assistant
Marc McClure ... production assistant
Ryan P. McMahon ... key set production assistant
Joanna Mirowska ... production assistant
Vesi Peneva ... production assistant
Heather Salm ... production accountant
Jake Weisman ... production assistant

Thanks

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Ari Golan ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

After the end of a long relationship, comedy writer Les Candalero (Joe Hursley; Accepted, Resident Evil Extinction, Fast & Furious) melts into self-doubt. He'll try anything to move on, even a mail order elixir that makes you irresistibly funny. It works... too well, which casts doubts on the one thing he's let define him - his sense of humor. With the help of his best friend, Pops (Steve Lemme; Super Troopers, Beerfest), Les sets out to flush this aphrodisiac from his system. Along the way, surreality begins to blossom throughout his world and Les has to accept that his desperate need for approval was the real cause of this. Can he be funny and human at the same time? Can he be more? Is it too late for those questions? Does this hat look funny? Written by DimeStore Films

Taglines A failed relationship, a wonder tonic, a curse, a howling man, a compulsive need for approval, a funeral...and then the punchline. See more »
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  • The Origins of Wit and Humor (United States)
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  • 91 min
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