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Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2021
What aspiring filmmaker doesn't dream of selling a film at a film festival? And how many do? This film really captures the indie film spirit in every way. A little comedy, a little drama, a little love story, a little of the protagonist(s) having to get over themselves. I really enjoyed this film. I am an aspiring filmmaker and I do run a film festival and felt this film hit every note without bitterness or self interest. Fun film.
I rented this movie to see some locals who had small parts (shout out to Miles Thomas, musician), and ended up enjoying the whole movie. Yes, it's fun to see places in my town on the big screen (well, my laptop)!
Fun movie to definitely watch. It seemed as if it was a real clip into the life of people in indie film, it gave the perspective as if I was glimpsing into their lives while giving me a good laugh throughout the process. Loved the jokes and references throughout the movie. Must watch!
So funny! Makes sense as most actors are from the Groundlings. That's why I watched it! Matt Cook is hilarious. If you are ever in LA, catch him at the Groundlings playing an old Irish guy and you will never regret it. He is the main character and he has so much heart. His character is less funny, as he is pretty sad and angry, but in the hands of Matt he brings a lot of levity and humor to the struggle. The scene where he watches his movie with an audience for the first time is beautiful and his face warmed my heart.
The comedic relief is definitely the cinematographer. He is hilarious!! Every scene he kills it and I couldn't wait to see him again. His timing and look are on point.
The producer and PA are also great. I felt so bad for both of them, but they never pity themselves so it's fun to watch.
It makes you laugh out loud and really feel for the characters. Great movie with great acting. Be sure to stick around for the credits, bloopers!
Very funny, made me laugh and is something anyone in the industry would appreciate. Will Sasso brings A LOT to this film. His character alone could have a spin-off. Diana Reasonover does so much with the material she is given. Definitely a movie that like it’s main character is trying hard and a little self involved but has good intentions. Alex the leading lady, is strong and confident but the viewers are constantly subjected to long winded rants by the “hero” of the story. Worst part is the only time this strong female character speaks to another named woman is when she says “thanks” to the red carpet Interviewer (which feels like it was improv.)
The film had so much going for it. It tries to comment on the half hearted effort of members of the film industry to be diverse and inclusive of women. There are lines and names given to BIPOC but their interactions are often moderated by a white man. Additionally there are an abundance of funny, interesting, potentially compelling female characters but their existence and relevance are all dependent on our angsty male lead which really exposes that in the end this film is about the same thing as most movies, angry white guys. Will Sasso is at least a funny one.
Film Fest is an absolute delight. The comedy is fresh and well earned with great writing and acting, all wrapped in a wonderful feeling of nostalgia. It's one of those feel good movies that I will watch years from now when I am feeling down.
Well... I'm a little prejudice because it was filmed in my town and I had the privilege of being a background person. These people were all so gracious, welcoming and appreciative of everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and have been waiting anxiously for the release and I WAS NOT disappointed! I enjoyed this movie...and having a glimpse of the other side of the trials, tribulations and reward of passions in these arts!