And Now a Word from Our Sponsor (2013)
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Favorite Movie Quote: "Can you hear me now?"
High-powered CEO Adan Kundle (STAR TREK'S Bruce Greenwood) disappears from the face of the Earth. One year later, he is found, lying unconscious in front of a television display in a department store. He awakes in a hospital bed, and finds himself inexplicably speaking only in TV commercials slogans. Karen Hillridge (BLADE TRINITY's Parker Posey), an associate of the hospital, discovers him, and ends up "adopting" him temporarily, while the hospital makes arrangements to have him put away to a sanitarium ("it's really more of a resort") How the two interact is the basis of the story.
The first thing that comes to mind when reading the premise of AND NOW a WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR is the 1979 Peter Sellers classic, BEING THERE, where a dull-witted gardener, whose only education consisted of constant television viewing, unknowingly becomes a powerful advisor to the President of the United States, . Quite the contrary, the movie more resembles the 1986 Nick Nolte comedy, DOWN AND OUT in BEVERLY HILLS, where Adan insinuates himself in Hillridge's family, changing her entire dynamic. It also has a touch of Franz Kafka's novella "The Metamorphosis," because the reason for Kundle's "condition" is never explained.
The film moves slowly at first, almost clumsy, as writer Michael Hamilton-Wright force fits Kundle's slogans to fit the actual dialogue. At first, you think that Kundle has become a blithering idiot, but the way he fits the slogan with the dialogue makes more sense as the film progresses. At times Kundle's "Slogansspeak" makes no sense, but there are scenes of inspired hilarity, where you know he knows exactly what he's talking about. The two high points of the film when Kundle gets into a "Slogan Showdown" with former associate Lucas Foster ("Smallville's" Callum Blue), who has been running Kundle's company in his absence, and is now threatened by his sudden reappearance. The other was is a scene where Kundle almost convinces a high-pressure car salesman to buy the car he intended to sell to him. The film adds tension for Hillridge in the form of her daughter, Meghan (Allie MacDonald), who has a major chip on her shoulder for something her mother did. The ending gives a wink to the ending of BEING THERE. Very subtle - you may just miss it if you're not looking for it.
On my personal rating scale of with "5" being drop everything and see the movie now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the movie staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "3.5," using my Patented Bell Curve for Independent Films. AND NOW a WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR could have easily been a one-trick pony, a cheap BEING THERE knockoff. Instead you get a light comedy, with some very funny high points, with Greenwood practically winking at the audience once he gets his groove going.
The film is currently unrated, but could easily rated PG-13, for some suggestive scenes (heavy kissing). Go see this film for a smile.
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