Year Released: 2011
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 31 minutes
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This short film left me seriously conflicted; not because it is a bad film, quite the opposite, I found it to be a lot of fun. I’m conflicted because I just didn’t like the resolution, not because it felt false but because it felt so damn true… and that realism has been something that has confused me since I was a small boy.
Without confusing you any further, some background: Stupid Questions tells the story of Lucy (Zelda Williams), a casting agent’s assistant in Los Angeles, who is having a life crisis over whether now is the time to focus on career, relationships, both or neither. Since Los Angeles is notorious for being a real crapshoot when it comes to finding a meaningful relationship, Lucy resorts to using her job to create a fake casting call to find potential dates.
Now, nothing against my acting friends, but this was a bad idea from conception. Everyone who acts in Hollywood is looking for that big break, and it’s not unheard of that folks will try some pretty despicable things to get ahead. In that sense, and through my own cynicism, when Lucy does find someone of interest, my distrust became overwhelming.
But here’s what I’m getting back to, and where my issues with this film have less to do with the film and more to do with me: I’m a nice guy, and I’ve never understood the attraction that smart, beautiful women can have towards guys that, sure, they’re handsome, but also manipulative or even downright assholes. As I said, this goes back to being a young boy watching the girls fawn over the boys that picked on them. I didn’t get it then, I don’t get it now. Since this short plays along those lines a bit, I kept wanting to jump into the film and talk Lucy out of her choices. Damn it, don’t settle for HIM! And yes, I am one of those people who think Duckie should’ve won out at the end of Pretty in Pink (which many of my female friends in college mocked me for thinking).
As you can see, I really got involved emotionally in this one, and for a 30-something minute short, that’s pretty impressive. Zelda Williams as Lucy is engaging, entertaining and a talent I hope to see even more from over the years. Hell, I even want to see more from writer/director Jessie Kahnweiler, though I pray she tosses the nice guys a bone.
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Posted on May 28, 2011 in Reviews by Mark Bell
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