Jimmy (Josh Mitchell) is a rich venture capitalist who has grown tired
of his job and now he spends most of his time putting up art events in his
loft/gallery - a success like anything he touches ... but deep down he
wants to become a white rapper, but in his luxurious surroundings and with
his staff around him all the time, he can't concentrate on writing the
proper lyrics at all.
Jaysin (Mike Maolucci) is a poor singer/songwriter
who could use a break from his shoebox apartment, wants to at least taste
the "rock star life".
At one of Jimmy's shows, he and Jaysin
meet and decide to do a life swap, meaning Jaysin may have Jimmy's loft
for a month to do as he pleases, while Jimmy gets Jaysin's shoebox, which
he also uses as his recording studio ... and one day, Jimmy finds a
half-naked woman on the couch of the apartment, Kelli (Alethea
Sholomenko), Jaysin's ex who wanted to surprise him and rekindle their
relationship ... but somehow she feels attracted to Jimmy much more than
she ever felt to Jaysin, and she also proves to be a great singer, and
helps Jimmy by singing back-up vocals ... and soon Jimmy wants to help her
with her career in return. The two soon become lovers as well ...
meantime, Jaysin fucks up big time, living the life of a rock star without
making the music to go by, having endless drug-fuelled parties, talking
down to his friends and supporters and being a general asshole. But he
manages to organize an event at the loft nevertheless - and he invites
At the event, Jimmy learns a thing or two about about Kelli -
things he would rather not have known and that throw everything in
In its best moments, Lack of Cockery is a
loving tribute to the LA art scene, told from the inside and featuring
some wonderful performances from as of yet little known talent. Plus its
light-footed, almost ironic approach make this really enjoyable to watch.
Yet the film is not without its flaws: Basically, the film's central
conflict kicks in too late, Jaysin's character arc is abandoned halfway
through (pity, this one was full of opportunities), and the character of
Jimmy comes across as a bit too good-natured, charming and as a matter of
fact infallible to really work out.
Still, a perfectly entertaining
movie, just a few feet short of being really great.
By the way,
you can watch this movie here: www.vimeo.com/ondemand/lackofcockery