Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Independent Critic Review of OVER COFFEE

Over Coffee
Review by Richard Propes
Written and Directed by: Sean Meehan
Starring: Erik Potempka, Jocelyn DeBoer, Michael Oberholtzer, Timothy J. Cox
Running Time: 15 Mins.
Grade: C+
2.5 Stars

Andrew (Erik Potempka) only comes to work for one reason - to see Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer). Carla may not know it, but Andrew's crazy about her. Now just might be his chance to show it.

The boss from hell meets office romance in this quirky, charming 15-minute short from writer/director Sean Meehan, whose able ensemble cast helps keep us watching despite the film's obvious low-budget tech and rather simple storyline.

Carla initially seems like secretary extraordinaire, an ultra-organized young woman who has carefully memorized her boss's every whim including his even more ultra-detailed morning coffee order. However, when the boss in question, Hamilton Rice (Timothy J. Cox), throws her a bit of a curve, Carla is set into a tailspin and has to depend on Andrew if she has any hope of making everything right.

A fine example of microcinema filmmaking, Over Coffee has been making its rounds on the web-based video markets and is currently available for viewing on Vimeo. The film is likely to resonate with audiences who appreciate Mike Judge style humor, though the film is decidedly less warped and more romantic in nature with a warm, genuine chemistry between Potempka and DeBoer.

Both Potempka and DeBoer shine brightly here, Potempka with his good looks and nice guy persona and DeBoer with just the right blend of "unattainable office girl" and sweet girl next door. Timothy J. Cox is a hoot as the boss with which virtually anyone who has ever worked in an office will identify, while Michael Oberholtzer does a fine job as Andrew's friend and the office's resident Romeo.

Erik Campo's original music complements the film nicely and D.P. Matt Schwarz shoots the film quite well given the film's modest production budget. While the film is hindered a bit in spots due to its tech limits, Over Coffee displays tremendous promise from Meehan and is a solid example of the quality films that can be created in this wondrous digital age.

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