Korey McIsaac, Alessandra Brown, Sean Meehan, Timothy J. Cox (associate), Jamie Cox (associate)for BDKK Productions, Cross River Pictures
directed by Sean Meehan
starring Tory Berner, Steven Conroy, Caitlin Berger, Anthony Rainville, Timothy J. Cox, Paul Locke, Phoebe Kuhlman, Lauren B. Nelson, Anthony D'Amore, Nicole Trauffer
written by Sean Meehan, music by Cesar Suarez
Cori (Tory Berner) is an actress who has actually made acting her
living, but her regular work as an actress isn't the stage or screen but
rehearsing stressful real life situations with real life people, to
prepare them for the same situations, be it breaking up with one's
partner, firing a dear friend from their job and whatnot. And even though
Cori still runs from audition to audition to eventually make it in the
acting world, her job seems to be a win-win situation, she's acting and
gets a lot of improv experience while her acting helps her clients in a
very direct way.
Well, what could go wrong?
Ah, I thought you'd never
ask, as there's this guy, Tim (Steven Conroy), whom Cori has just started
dating and whom she finds really nice - and now he has requested the
services of Cori's company, and rather specifically Cori, to rehearse with
him how to break up with his girlfriend ...
True, in writing,
the basic set-up of Total Performance sounds quite a bit gimmicky
and also far-fetched, maybe even forced ... but on screen it works rather
naturally, actually, as the whole thing does not relie on the novelty of
its premise but the (believable) story that can be told based on it. And
add to that a subtle directorial effort that doesn't try to nail the joke
at any cost, and a very competent cast, and you've got yourself a pretty
entertaining little movie!