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Spent

USA 2017
produced by
Sam Mikitarian (executive) for Rump Roast Productions
directed by Lisa Mikitarian
starring Connie Lamothe, Darren Barzegar, Nick Nerangis, Madeline Mikitarian, Tony Villa, Janna Livingston, Anna Grace Padgett, Richard Clem, Sonya Kalian, Lori Staley, Clarence Shubert, Erin Harth, Sally Anderson, Nataly Martin, Joe Mayes, Will Wright, Nathan McDonald
concept by Stephen French, screenplay by Lisa Mikitarian, music by James F. Cotton

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Herbert Schumacher (Nick Nerangis) has been in hospital for the last three months due to an incurable brain tumor - and his wife Evelyn (Connie Lamothe) and son Lonnie (Darren Barzegar) couldn't be happier, as today he's about to die! Thing is, Herbert has been a miser all his life, but since he went off to hospital, Evelyn and Lonnie got their hands on his fortune, a rumoured half million Dollars, and they figure themselves rich beyond comprehension once he's gone. Lonnie plans to spend his money on his attractive blond girlfriend Margot (Madeline Mikitarian), while Evelyn plans to do the same on her affair, Gregory (Tony Villa). Of course, the two are so blinded by the fortune to be that they don't see Margot and Gregory are milking them for their money and are secretly a couple.

Then though the incomprehensible happens, Herbert's tumor disappears over night, and he's released from hospital healthier than ever - crushing Evelyn and Lonnie's dreams ... which is something the two of them can't let happen, so they make up a plan B - rat poison. But Herbert of course isn't likely to take rat poison just like that, and while he keeps his nearest and dearest in suspense, Evelyn and Lonnie find out they have wasted pretty much all of Herbert's fortune already - which makes poisoning the man just an unnecessary risk. But by now Margot and Gregory finally want their share of the pie and come up with a scheme of their own ...

 

Now this is an refreshingly unexcited, almost heart-warming black comedy, a film that doesn't relie on spectacle but trusts its darkly ironic storyline, fleshed out flawed but likeable characters, and its strong ensemble cast to deliver the goods, plus the film's beautifully structured for the narrative tension to never let up. And the art direction of Spent also deserves special mention, deliberately refusing to let the film be pinned down to one special era, so do expect beautiful vintage (circa 1950s) cars next to decades-old computers (1980s is my guess) and modern smart phones - and it works, too!

Worth a watch for sure ... and a few laughs!

 

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