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The Big Break (2018)

A struggling actor and director finally crack under the pressures of navigating the entertainment business.


Gil Freston


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Shabtai David Shabtai ... Jon Lieberman
Gil Freston ... Will Kavanaugh
David Arquette ... Lt. Ramirez
Michael Vlamis ... Michael Glazer
Isabelle McNally ... Grace Barnett
Thomas Cocquerel ... Officer Eckhart
Brittany Furlan ... Fable Rae
Jude B. Lanston ... Sgt. Bates
Elizabeth Turner Elizabeth Turner ... Kate Davenport
Eddie Davenport ... Matty
Alexis Beckley ... Chloe Perkins
Richard Kohnke ... Brooks Weaver the Waiter
Aaron Jay-Smith Aaron Jay-Smith ... Writer
Ray Nicholson ... Tyler Andrews
Courtney Cilman ... Rachel Newman


A struggling actor and director finally crack under the pressures of navigating the entertainment business.

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Buckle up... This ego trip is a one-way ticket.


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31 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Just the right amount of teeth
9 March 2019 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Cake and eat it, this one. The film focuses on the LA acting scene, and plays out a breaking point for a writer/producer who becomes overwhelmed with the knowledge that he is faking it and surrounded by people faking it the same way. This leads to murder, as it does, and him and a friend go on the run from the police.

This short is based in a barbed, cynical dislike for the LA scene, and for the first half it gets its digs in as it shows the main character losing it over simple things. This is nicely sharp but yet not destructively so. On first watch I wanted it to go harder on this, but actually it gets the balance just right, because the second half embraces the clichés and excesses, producing an action movie that delivers all the tropes of the genre while also sending them up. As a result it loses some sharpness in the comedy, but is still enjoyably excessive in what it then does. It also feels a little self-indulgent, but the comedy and edge help it carry that off and produce an enjoyable enough short film.

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