4 Stars
Year Released: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes
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This short film has a lot of good things going for it. It has a slight homage to “Se7en,” some great sight gags (check out the poster for Vin Diesel in “Great Exxxpectations”) and some dead-on Hollywood humor. Of course, Ernest Hemingway (played expertly by George Milton Hoth) doesn’t seem to find any laughs in the fact that a big studio wants to change “The Old Man and the Sea” to fit a teen demographic … with Adam Sandler as the lead. Great idea! The studio executives also want to change that whole fishing thing. It’s almost enough to make a guy want to blow his head off with his favorite hunting gun.
There was a chance this film could fail. A slim chance. The material is so ripe for satire that it almost writes itself, though that is not a swipe at Eric Champnella. As the writer/director of this superb short, he nails all the Hollywood truisms while applying them to a classic story considered to be a masterpiece of American literature. I hope he does a few more of these, perhaps delving into the film hinted at toward the end of this short: “Employee of the Month” starring Harrison Ford. I’d love to see the process behind that one. In the meantime, though, we’ll always have Havana.

Posted on April 7, 2004 in Reviews by

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