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Actors: Ethan Embry, Kylie Sparks, Julie Hagerty, Martin Campetta, Joey Kern
Director: Mark Christopher
Former high school hotshot, Matt, is now the world's oldest pizza delivery boy, filling his time with meaningless relationships that lead nowhere. Cara-Ethyl is a cute, chubby, eccentric brainiac who has had torturous high... more »
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Ed Uyeshima | San Francisco, CA USA | 01/28/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Seven years after his ambitious attempt at depicting the high life of the mid-70's Manhattan disco scene in "54", writer-director Mark Christopher has come back most modestly with this elliptical low-budget 2005 coming-of-age comedy that seems to be a cross between a 1980's John Hughes movie and "Napoleon Dynamite". It actually plays out a bit like a teen version of Martin Scorsese's "After Hours" as it follows two disparate characters on an all-night adventure hinging on a series of pizza deliveries. The focus is on a lonely overweight girl, Cara-Ethyl (obscurely named after Irene Cara and Ethel Mertz from "I Love Lucy"). A social outcast forced to make up an imaginary friend to appease her temporarily blinded mother, Cara-Ethyl celebrates her 18th birthday with lots of food but no one to share in the festivities.
Enter Matt Firenze, a thirty-year old failed political activist with his own pizza delivery truck and a prolific track record with women but little else to show for himself. He feels sorry for her plight and invites her on his runs for the night. While Matt attempts to give her lessons on self-acceptance, Cara-Ethyl inevitably experiences deeper feelings that lead to revelations about both their lives. The idea is sound if rather unoriginal, but Christopher's off-kilter, episodic approach feels contrived for all the wrong reasons in spite of a smattering of well-earned laughs. Kylie Sparks certainly gets all of Cara-Ethyl's eccentricities and precociousness down pat, but her character is conceived in ill-fitting clichés over how an awkward, friendless teen finds her identity. As Matt, a cast-against-type Ethan Embry has moments of resonance, but he mainly appears to be channeling Matthew McConaughey's laconic slacker in "Dazed and Confused". The two leads never seem to gel since the contrivance of the situation is too overwhelming.
Familiar faces show up in the supporting cast - Julie Hagerty with her eyes excessively bandaged as Cara-Ethyl's not-so-clueless mom, Marylouise Burke (Paul Giamatti's drunken mother in "Sideways") as Aunt Grandma, and Alexis Dziena (Sharon Stone's oversexed daughter in "Broken Flowers") as a hairball-producing tart. The film clips by quickly at eighty minutes, and I have to admit some of the music used was entertaining - a karaoke number from "Bye Bye Birdie", Lulu's throaty voice on "To Sir With Love" in a strangely disco-oriented club, and Embry's plaintive guitar number. With middling picture quality due to the digital filming, the 2006 DVD has a few extras worth noting. With some help from producer Howard Gertler, Christopher provides unobtrusive commentary on an alternate track and on an eight-minute featurette about some of the scenes."
A nice surprise
S. LeBlanc | texas | 05/14/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Nice little movie - very touching in some parts and way too close to real life in others."
Just an ordinary night out with a girl and a guy.
Aaron Merkel | Kutztown, PA USA | 11/06/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's Cara's 18th birthday and she has no friends, the pizza guy shows up and they go for a night of adventure.
I was eager to see what "adventures" the two main characters would get into, but nothing that exciting ever happened. But, this makes the story more believable, and it shows how people would really act in the situations they get into. This movie may gain a cult following, but I don't think the characters were that memorable.
Not a new story, just a different way of delivering it.
Concerned One | Clarinda, IA | 08/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a tale about a young girl who is seen as an outsider because of her looks and her behaviors, who has to spend her 18th birthday alone at home with her mother. Just as the "party" is getting started, the pizza boy comes. But he's the longest running pizza boy in town, for the past 12 years. He is "The Pizza King", but what else does he have? In their brief interaction, they make a connection, and she decides to join him on the rout of deliveries that night. Follow these two in their journey to find out what is important to them both as they push each other's buttons all night long. I was pleasently surprised by this, can relate aspects of each of the characters to someone I know, easy to identify with. Some pretty funny parts. Tough to belive this came from the same director of "54". Worth a viewing."