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Bad Poetry, Cheap Beer (2017)

Two young men meet at a bus stop on Memorial Day and spend a romantic (and ultimately devastating) night together.


Aluísio Leite


Aluísio Leite




Credited cast:
Ben Stobber ... Sidney
James Michael Hamilton ... The Sad Host (as James Hamilton)
Joseph Baken Joseph Baken ... Louis
Jordan Mitchell-Love ... Drunken Hipster
Sarah Morgan Sarah Morgan ... Debbie
Hanine Reguieg Hanine Reguieg ... Party Guest
Aleksei Chebeliuk Aleksei Chebeliuk ... Party Guest
Idir Tameriout Idir Tameriout ... Party Guest
Nataliia Zarytska Nataliia Zarytska ... Party Guest
Alyona Sabitova Alyona Sabitova ... Party Guest
Jillian Feyk-Miney Jillian Feyk-Miney ... Party Guest
Evgeny Telegin Evgeny Telegin ... Uber Driver
Tatiana Ulianova Tatiana Ulianova ... Party Guest
Ruslan Tseiko Ruslan Tseiko ... Party Guest


Two young men meet at a bus stop on Memorial Day and spend a romantic (and ultimately devastating) night together.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Louis thinks bad poetry reveals real feelings. For Sidney, cheap beer will do.


Short | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

16 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mauvaise Poésie, et Bière Pas Cher See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,500 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Srcika Studios See more »
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Technical Specs



Color (HD)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Closing Night Short Film of the 20th California Independent Film Festival, having its premiere at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco. See more »


References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

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Even Matt Damon -in his Matt Damon voice- wouldn't resist this short...
3 February 2018 | by tawanyhlgrSee all my reviews

I definitely recommend it! This is the director's first short and it just gets you excited about what he'll come up with next.

In this nicely paced short film, two guys meet in the most mundane of ways; the night will burrow into their instincts and desires. There will be humor, there will be heartbreak.

If I were to describe it in a phrase, it'd be "urban lyricism". The short is deep-seated in our daily reality but at the same time, denotes a discreet, ethereal cadence; the realms of ordinary and exaltation collide.

The language of the dialogue is simple, coming across as spontaneous but very cool. Very fitting. The lines come out well from the actors' mouth, making them not just adequate dialogue on paper but functional in action, too.

The acting and interactions/chemistry between the two actors is my favorite part. They kept me captivated. Their facialexpressions and body language/movements are such enhancements to the simplest of things. Chuckles and eyebrows are not to be underestimated!

I like the title. It's suggestive, a bit quirky and got me curious before watching. Poetry, with its reputation of gatekeeper of mysteries, and alcohol known as the nectar of truth. Put them together and it really captures what this short has to offer! The beauty, the cold reality, the boring waiting moments of day-to-day etc.

I'd recommend the reader of this review to watch it more than once. Then you can pay closer attention to how enriching to the overall film the exchanges between the two actors (with the dialogue and visual communication) are. And just how charming!

Real life breaks the spell but the aching beauty remains.

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