An underwhelming effort
from Hove, England
, 18 Mar 2012
After breaking up with his boyfriend, Jérôme (Eric Debets) goes to Hollywood with a vague idea of chasing his dream of acting stardom. We get to see the various people he meets and his farcical attempts to impress at auditions by adopting the novel strategy of not bothering to do anything at all. There are one or two comic moments and Jérôme's ex, Gilles (Jonathan Blanc), is always nice to watch, being very easy on the eye - besides being a half decent actor. And this brings us to the main problem with this film, namely that the lead has all the charisma and stage presence of a plank of wood. Not an ordinary plank of wood, mind, but a particularly uncharismatic plank of wood. It is very difficult to see what the other characters see in him, or to sympathise with his predicaments, and this means that the film trundles along in a somewhat lackadaisical fashion on the wrong side of tedium for one and a half hours before the closing credits leave you wondering why you bothered. The supporting characters, despite the acting talent on display, are not explored in sufficient depth, everything being focused on our lead, which means that in the end nothing can rescue this movie from irredeemable mediocrity. Never mind.
The DVD is generously supplied with extras: a commentary track with the director, cinematographer and production designer, Deleted Scenes (5 mins total), a Behind the Scenes featurette (4 mins), Interview with actor Chad Allen (3 ½ mins), Q&A session at Philedelphia Qfest (12 mins) with the director Jason Bushman, and actors Eric Debets and Chad Allen, and a couple of trailers for the movie.
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