A man with chronic hiccups struggles with the affliction over 15 years, until he discovers a unique fix for the problem.

Directors:

Alyssa Devine (as Alyssa Radmand), Griffin Devine

Writers:

Alyssa Devine (as Alyssa Radmand), Griffin Devine
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Credited cast:
Chelsea Alden ... Waitress
Al Burke ... Officer Jonas
Mike Cochrane ... Scary Man
Joseph Michael Daniel Joseph Michael Daniel ... Cowboy Hat Man
Sam Evans ... Bully (as Samuel David Evans)
Josh Feldman Josh Feldman ... Young Will
Henry Knotts ... Young Will
Mario Melgar Mario Melgar ... Janitor
Kellen Moriarty ... Peeker
Eric Reeve Eric Reeve ... Will
Chuck Saale ... Office Milner
Donn Stewart ... Bart
Alexa Teichgraeber Alexa Teichgraeber ... Will's Date
Joseph Wilson ... P.E. Teacher
Ronnie Zappa Ronnie Zappa ... Healer
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A man with chronic hiccups struggles with the affliction over 15 years, until he discovers a unique fix for the problem.

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Short | Drama | Thriller

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USA

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English

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11 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Pigrat Productions See more »
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Color
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Overly long despite the good tone and concept; doesn't really grip as it should and the conclusion is a little disappointing
31 August 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This short is about a man who has had hiccups his entire life, with endless humiliations and suffering due to this affliction. At first glance you could assume that it would be a comedy sketch type of short film but actually it does something else. We join the film with the hiccups cured and the man is discussing this with his therapist in voice-over. We see back through his life with the things he had to go through while also suffering the hiccups all the way, and gradually we built towards what it was that seems to have cured him one night at a diner. It has a dark tone throughout.

The idea to play it darker is a good one because we start to understand the character that we have by the end of the film; it isn't played for laughs and there is a certain realism to him that offers interest to the viewer. Speaking broadly I liked the idea but it is the delivery and the detail that didn't work so well with me. The film is too long for what it does, and it is hard not to feel that because it is not particularly well constructed, doesn't build or develop as well as one would have liked. I felt it labored a lot of stuff that really made the same point rather than expanding upon it. The ending is nicely dark but perhaps is not as satisfying as it could have been, with the final shots feeling an bit too open and lacking in impact compared to what had just gone before.

Technically it works very well, with good cinematography and sound. It also has a very good performance from Reeve in the lead role; he convinces in his misery and desperation and he does make for an engaging focal point. It isn't that the film is bad, because it isn't, it is just more that the delivery doesn't make the most of it all of the strengths, which is a shame.


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