Saturday, March 11, 2017

Short Film Spotlight: THE BREAKS

Welcome to another installment of SHORT FILM SPOTLIGHT, where we highlight some of the best short films out there. This week, we take a look at the hilarious film...THE BREAKS

The Breaks was written and directed by Richard Sears, whom I had never heard of until watching this film. It all starts with a winning bottle cap and how far the characters will go to keep it. The opening scene shows Jasper riding his BMX bike to the local corner store, with a familiar rap song, "Getting Tipsy", playing in the background. I thought the song went very well with that scene because it introduced me to what type of character Jasper was going to be in the film.

The plot is simple, yet it says so much about the influence of pop culture on the average American. Jasper believes he has a winning bottle cap, so he goes to the corner store to claim his prize. He thinks its for $1,000; but its actually $1,000,000!!! Anyway, Kathy the clerk tells him she'll be right back and goes to the airport with the bottle cap. Then two flight attendants come up with a plan to get the bottle cap away from Kathy.

I watched this film with my mom and we could not stop laughing. The scene were the two flight attendants, Ivana and Andrew, were at the gas station was hysterical. Ivana drives off with the bottle cap, leaving Andrew in the dust. He tries to steal a truck; but then the kid inside shoots him with a paintball gun. You really have to watch the scene to get the full experience.

Another funny moment is when Jasper gets tied up and is wiggling on the floor of the corner store with nothing but his Spongebob shorts on. This film has little funny moments that made it worthwhile to review.

The fight scene between Kathy and Ivana over the bottle cap was one of the best scenes in the film. It starts with Ivana walking to claim the prize. The camera cuts to a taxi pulling up with Kathy getting out and confronting Ivana. Ivana tries to trick her and they struggle over the bottle cap. Poor Kathy ends up in the dumpster.

The casting for this film was great and all the actors had great comedic timing. This film introduced me to a talented person whom I'd never heard of, Richard Sears. I'll definitely be watching more of his work and I suggest you do the same.

Lisa's Score: 9/10

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