Published on Monday, 20 September 2010 20:00
Written by Will
|Directed By||Dan Kuhlman, James Errico|
|Written By||Dan Kuhlman, Jeremy Kuhlman|
|Starring||Penny Slusher, Dan Kuhlman, Jeremy Kuhlman, Julia Neary, Kristina Morales, Kayla Malec, Jade Aquino, David Goodloe, James Errico, Knute Horowitz, Deneen Melody, Karman Bajuyo, Sarah Evans, Kaylyn Slevin, Roger Welp, Christian Stolte, Dan Jessup, Brian Kilborn|
|DVD Distributer||Breakwall Pictures|
|MPAA Rating||Not Rated|
|By It Now On|
"Dr. Zhivago, now there's a great movie" - Mom
There was a time when most short films you encountered had a tendency to lean to the pompous side, I won't go into detail, except to say that many young filmmakers have a natural desire to prove their abilities and their depth immediately. Unfortunately, the result often comes across as artifice rather than art, shallow intent wallowing in pretense and filled with overblown pathos, the kind of stuff best left in acting class.
Directed by Dan Kuhlman and James Errico, Thanks Mom is a fresh and funny 12 minute short showing depth and art can be achieved without languishing in black and white arthouse affectation. Lets face it, it is much harder to kill 'em with comedy than bore 'em with obtuse imagery. Luckily for viewers of Thanks Mom, Kuhlman and Errico prove they have the chops to pull off the funny. Comedy doesn't work without solid writing and capable actors, in Thanks Mom, the Directors had both ingredients needed to make the humor work. Kuhlman and Errico have produced an amusing short which is both funny and effectively demonstrates the duo's dramatic potential as well.
Thanks Mom is an all too real look at a pair of writers (Dan and Jeremy Kuhlman) trying to finish a film they must fund with the assistance of their mother's checkbook. Unfortunately for them, monetary assistance comes with a price (and vitamins)!
This metaphor while funny, also accurately examines the effect of outside influences upon film production. Film is a collaborative art form that requires the input of many to reach completion. Its bad enough when producers want changes made, imagine the hell of having your mother calling the shots and you'll understand! This is the struggle that 'Dan and Jeremy' face in Thanks Mom
Filled with subtle acting and well timed comic delivery, the end result is one of the funniest bits on film production I have seen yet. If like me you love films, or you yourself make films, this is a must see document of the disastrous effect of 'Mom' (Penny Slusher) upon art! There isn't a weak link in the chain and the end result speaks for itself, from Dan and Jeremy playing themselves to the lovely Deneen Melody as the "clapper girl", forced to watch the homogenization of art, this little film plays perfectly.
Do yourself a favor and check this one out, just leave Mom at home!