INDEFINITELY

3 Stars
Year Released: 2001
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 22 minutes
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Riley is a video editor who wastes much of his talent making wedding videos. He hates his job. He hates his life. He’s depressed and doesn’t quite know what he wants in the world. Taylor is Riley’s tough female friend – the standard man’s man girl who is hot but isn’t attractive at all to Riley in the context of the film. She’s Riley’s Roz to her Frasier.

Riley is hired to videotape the wedding of Cherrie and Jay, a pretty young bride marrying the typical insensitive jerk. Part of the wedding video package includes personal interviews with friends and family members (inserted into the story in a familiar “When Harry Met Sally” vein). Through watching these interviews, Riley falls in love with Cherrie and ultimately sees what a poor match she is for Jay.

There is a brief moment where Riley actually talks to Cherrie and learns that she might not be ready to wed. This sparks the fighter in Riley, and he vows to stop the wedding. This abrupt ending of the short (in which things begin to get a little interesting) leaves and obvious open for a larger work. Anyone want to finance a independent feature film?

The look of the film is impeccable, with a technical proficiency rivaling that seen in studios. The acting is decent, and Jeffrey Schmidt effectively brings Riley to life. The drawback is the script. In the short taste of the story, we don’t see anything original. Riley is a version of the brooding writer, only as a video editor – a character that was explored much more effectively in the Trekkie spoof Free Enterprise. I would bet that writer/director Pilvinsky is a video editor who once had a crush on a girl he never spoke to.

Cherrie the bride (Alaina Kalanj) is pretty, but rather bland as a character goes. I don’t see the attraction Riley feels. It has been my experience in life that girls like Cherrie seek out jerk types like Jay. Dare I say they sometimes deserve them?

“Indefinitely” is an obvious spec project for a longer piece of work. The log line would be on of the final lines of the film: “I have two hours to destroy this wedding…” This is a great launch-pad for a feature film, and Pilvinsky has assembled quite a crew to pull it off, but there’s some major work in the characters and story for it to make a good movie.



Posted on June 4, 2001 in Reviews by
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