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Favorite Movie Quote: "Attracts others toward you!"
Pandora (writer/director Taryn Hough), a plain-jane nerd, receives a gift from her mother, the amazing "Elector-Cute," promising to "attract other to you. Results are immediate." Two small caveats - what if you are by yourself, and what if you didn't follow the instruction manual? What follows is the worst case scenario of not reading the fine print.
ELECTRO-CUTE!, a zany short from Chain Smoking Monkey Productions, is a highly imaginative, high concept skit where unexpected consequences befall the all-too-eager. After applying the electric shaver-looking device, Pandora gets the attention she craves - but not from the sources she desires.
The short plays out like one of the later series of "The Twilight Zone," where the twist is delivered with a lighter touch than the older episodes. To tell the story, Hough uses animation and disembodied voices, courtesy of voice actors Bill Rogers and Michele Knotz. Providing the live action support in the form of infomercials and video phone conversations are Jackyln Carmichael and Blake Hough as the man in the yellow hat (not to be confused with Curious George - his outfit is totally banana yellow!) There has been a deliberate attempt not to give away any spoilers or even hints of the action, because the fun will be in the surprise, and to catch the action without warning.
Because of the length of the film (11 minutes), this reviewer did what he has never done - watched the commentary AND the "Making of" accompanying features. In most cases, these features are an exercise in self-indulgent tedium, but in this rare instance, the commentary gave some interesting insight on some of the zaniness of the short, and the "Making of" feature was interactive! There is actually drinking game during the feature!
On my personal rating scale of with "5" being drop everything and see the video now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "3.75," using my Patented Bell Curve for Independent shorts. ELECTRO-CUTE! is an experience into a mind unfettered by normal conventions. It is a tale of experimentation, scientifically-induced hallucinations, and tasers.
The short is unrated, but has some coarse, non-informercial-friendly language, but otherwise, no sex, nudity, and violence. This reviewer is calling this a very strong "BUY," because, like the AIRPLANE films or "Police Squad" shows, this film demands multiple viewing, with a strong suggestion to watch not only the feature itself, but also the accompanying features. It is currently doing the festival circuit.
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