Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A farmer trying to make ends meet, calls on a eccentric accountant to help him find a way out of his financial dilemma.
My Take on it – I recall when this film won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 2001 and was impressed that I actually recognized the winners because they were (relatively) known actors.
I finally got around to seeing this film and it is quite fun because of the central character who is a rapid fire talker who has some very interesting ideas for how his client should act in order to safe money.
This was a pet project of McKinnon’s because he wrote, directed and starred in this film.
His eccentric character gets the best dialogue and although it doesn’t all make sense the whole time, it’s fun listening to how it’s explained.
They do a great job of keeping it serious with a comedic undertone.
What’s interesting is that even more than 15 years after this film was made, it still seems relevant.
This film is definitely worth the Oscar it got.
Bottom Line – Extremely fun film because the dialogue makes so much sense despite it mostly being stated by the eccentric accountant played by Ray McKinnon. McKinnon makes this film work with his rapid-fire diatribes and ideas. Definitely deserving of winning the Oscar for Best Live action short. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Drive-By Truckers’ song “Sinkhole” (from the album ‘Decoration Day’) is based on this short film. Ray McKinnon was appreciative, and reciprocated by using a few Drive-By Truckers songs on the soundtrack for his film, Chrystal (2004). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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