- Elf 2017
Justin Price, Khu, Matthew Simmons (executive), Eddy Herrero (executive) for Pikchure Zero Entertainment, LavaBean Productions, Monkey Entertainment
directed by Justin Price
starring Matthew Simmons, Justin Price, Eddy Herrero, Alisondra Alexander, Taylor Carter, Billy Blanks, Simone Shepherd, Torrei Hart, AzMarie Livingston, Brian Hooks, Jazsmin Lewis, Aeriél Miranda, Camila Banus, Erica Mena, Eric Roberts, Laura Govan, Angela Griffith, Khu, Deanna Grace Congo, Naomi Pandolfi, Angelic Granger, Dan Mandel, Jay D. Henderson, Jamaal Burden, Jordan Matlock
written by Justin Price
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It's Christmas, and Michael (Matthew Simmons) has just dumped his
batshit crazy girlfriend (Camila Banus) while Chris (Justin Price) is too
much of a womanizer to really know how to find love - and yet the two of
them get an ultimatum by their boss (Eric Roberts) to get into a serious
relationship till the end of the year or say good-bye to their jobs (as
copywriters for breaking up cards, ironically) ... and then their best
friend James (Eddy Herrero) accidently dumps his fiancée Vanessa (Aeriél
Miranda) and gambles away her engagement ring while drunk - and needs it
back till new year, otherwise he can forget her forever and loses the
respect of her father (Billy Blanks) even more.
Problem number one, love
can't always be found where one's looking for it, so Michael at first
confuses the woman (Alisondra Alexander) he falls for for a prostitute,
while Chris finds out he feels something else for the neighbour (Taylor
Carter) he thinks he hates.
Problem number two, James has lost the
engagement ring to gangster bigshot Dab (Brian Hooks), who won't give it
back unless James pays up his gambling debts (which James can't afford) or
gets him a certain extremely rare comicbook - and now James, Michael and
Chris have to relie on their ingenuity to get that - which is limited as
it is, and what's worse, Dab really wants that comicbook, and has
means of persuasion ...
A very interesting little film about a
big topic - love - that works quite so well because it doesn't try too
hard ... doesn't try too hard to give simple answers to complex questions
that is, or explain things away, instead the film gives its story (or
rather intertwining stories) room to breathe, let's them come to
fruitition in their own time, while finding drama in its funny bits and
comedy (this side of moronic) even in the tragic parts. And add to that a
subtle directorial effort and a capable ensemble cast, and you've got
yourself a very enjoyable movie.