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Overall Rating
2.5

Awesome: 9.09%
Worth A Look: 18.18%
Average: 27.27%
Pretty Bad: 4.55%
Total Crap40.91%

2 reviews, 10 user ratings


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AKA
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Also known as 'Pretentiously Tedious.'"
1 stars

In the roughest approximation, in the loosest sense, an experimental soap opera about an emotionally and parentally derelict teen who goes to work for an upper-class gallery manager who pities the charity case, before he takes off and steals her prick-of-a-son’s identity to live the high-life of money, drugs, travel, and sex.

I say experimental because, apart from the boorish-sounding nature of the content (a/k/a, boorishly presented content), Duncan Roy’s movie is shown in a constant triply divided screen, slightly distorted in a squished manner to accommodate them all into the narrow frame. For the most part, the three perspectives are all being observed from the same general time point, though the actions are not necessarily synchronized, with one soundtrack masked across all three “eyes,” but unlike Timecode, which trails multiple characters in different locales in real time, this is stitched together not from consecutive footage. Next to the pinched images (which do not embellish Matthew Leitch’s constant double-cocked arch brows), the only compliment that comes from three different versions of the same thing is some decent coordination at the outset of the compositions. The photography itself is haphazardly attained, bobbing, weaving, twisting, ducking, stumbling, inattentive to its subjects and easily distracted, etc., and the color tends to be pale across the board, with some angles looking worse than others. (It’s fittingly for the sufferer of ADHD who not only can’t keep still, but has three of the same thing to split their attention between.) No help is received, either, from the stuffy and overdrawn character performances, which begin with amateurs and only continually sink below that. A/k/a: Pretentiously Tedious. With Diana Quick and Blake Ritson.

[Not to be bothered with.]

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Sundance Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

6/14/05 Don Wolf This is a terrible movie 1 stars
3/02/05 gerry h interesting....different.....kinda of catch me if you can for the brits 4 stars
2/27/05 Danny Well, it doesn't totally suck - just partially. Surprised I made it all the way through it 2 stars
10/17/04 Lance Wilde stark, but may hit close to home, for anybody who had a drunken dad (lots of us). 4 stars
10/12/04 Ron Great example of todays youth wanting to be and acting like something they arent 4 stars
7/20/04 Rex Tatum I enjoyed the film but felt that the sound/recording/diction was garbled (accent?) 4 stars
7/09/04 d duran not enough nudity 5 stars
12/15/03 KELLY PAINFUL, IRRATATING, ANNOYING, STUPID, RIP-OFF 1 stars
12/03/03 Brandon Judell Brilliant. Demanding. 5 stars
8/20/03 Paul T Badly made, ineptly acted. AKA is The Talented Mr Ripley wearing the Emperor's New Clothes. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  12-Dec-2003 (R)

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Directed by
  Duncan Roy

Written by
  Duncan Roy

Cast
  Matthew Leitch
  Diana Quick
  George Asprey
  Lindsey Coulson
  Blake Ritson
  Geoff Bell



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