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Funny Fat Guy (2016)

Charlie McStean is a struggling stand-up comic searching for laughs and can only find booze, drugs, and fast food

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Ryan Penington
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Sandy Danto ... Charlie McStean
Shelley Dennis ... Anna Sullivan
Marcus Stewart Marcus Stewart ... Dexter Lake
Trevor Lee Georgeson ... Taylor Davis
Timothy A. Bennett ... Lou
Jennifer Sterger Jennifer Sterger ... Darla
Randolph Adams Randolph Adams ... Thayer Fletcher
Christopher Zane Gordon Christopher Zane Gordon ... Heckler
Alex Phillips ... Marcus Stone
Griff Kohout ... Hammersly
Matthew Ryan Lewis ... Davey the Waiter
Mackenzie Horras ... Lyndsay the Uggs Girl
Ellana Barksdale Ellana Barksdale ... Principal Evans
Keeli Ross ... Neighbor
Jeanne Taylor ... Apartment Manager
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After bombing hard in front of the "powers that be" Charlie McStean questions his desire and talent as a stand-up comedian. Charlie might be a "starving artist", but he has a healthy appetite for cheeseburgers, ice cream, and cocaine. Los Angeles is a hard place to live for the fat, broke, and sober. His parents don't believe in his comedy and think it's time their son give up on his "dream." Maybe Charlie's moment has passed. Charlie's best friend, Taylor, is one of Hollywood's "beautiful people", but Taylor's beauty is only skin deep. The fact that they grew up together and the promise of meeting Taylor's elusive agent, Thayer Flethcher, seems to be the only thing keeping their friendship alive. Charlie's real friends are his brothers/sisters in arms at The Ha-Ha Hole, but he begins to notice that his fellow comics and his career are headed in two different directions. It's McStean's addictions that prevent him from mentoring budding comic, Dexter, befriending actress turned ... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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English

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25 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Depressing comedy indie brings emotional roller-coaster
16 July 2016 | by christopherbreenSee all my reviews

Funny Fat Guy explores one stand-up comic's tragic downward spiral as he becomes tainted by drug addiction and alcoholism. This film can be seen by many as a breath of fresh air, adding a dimension of realism to the film industry and describing the sad reality of many who become involved with drugs and alcohol, as well as the repercussions on themselves, their relationships, and careers. The plot moved along at a slow enough pace for audiences to keep up and enough happens to evade boredom.

The main character (Charlie McStean- played by Sandy Danto) is the embodiment of being pathetic. This results in excessive viewer sympathy and the slow trek down to the lowest point of his life can only be described as painful to watch, perhaps even a little too repetitious. Each time a ray of hope appears, it is promptly squashed 3 or 4 glasses of beer later. Again, this raises awareness of the tragic reality of an alcoholic. The relationships between characters were underdeveloped, but perhaps that was the point- to demonstrate how alcohol and drugs break down these relationships.

But you may be wondering; 'all this depression needs some kind of positive elements. Right?' Wrong. There isn't much happiness to be found in this film, even the ending is brutal in its nature. This is perhaps where some viewers could find creative differences with this film, but nevertheless, it is devoid of clichés, confronts to the extent of engaging viewers, and portrays its messages.

The production value was moderate in quality, but impressive for a film of this size. The cinematography had its moments, but was a little shaky at times. I was kept engaged as there was always something happening, and like McStean, there was always a thread of hope dangling just out of reach viewers could reach for. It is evident that Director Ryan Penington had a clear vision of the result through the duration of the film. The sound editing was sometimes a little unorganised- some of the dialogue was difficult to discern.

To improve, some more thorough editing should definitely be put in place to fix some of the little things that may bug viewers and decrease ethos of the film, however, overall, the content and themes was very impressive for this type of film, and enjoyment can definitely be sourced from it.


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