EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|OMAHA (THE MOVIE) (director/writer: Dan Mirvish; cinematographer: Andy Anderson; editors: Alexandra Komisaruk/Lawrence A. Maddox; music: M.J. Greenberg/Andrew McPherson; cast: Hughston Walkinshaw (Simon), Jill Anderson (Gina), Frankie Bee (Jorge), Christopher M. Dukes (Gustavo), Lars Erik Madsen (Lars, Donut Guy), Donald Ray Schwartz (Jeweler), Dick Mueller (Mort, Simon's father), Scott Kurz (Evan, Simon's Brother), P.J. Morgan (Omaha Mayor, narrating from a motorcycle); Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Dana Altman/Dan Mirvish; Bugeater Films; 1994)|
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
comedy. It was shot on a $40,000 budget.
("Open House") used this for his USC thesis project. Mirvish is mostly known
as one of the
co-founders of Slamdance, the
alternative film festival in Park City that supports
Walkinshaw) returns to his middle-class Omaha,
Nebraska, family from
his spiritual trip to Nepal, where he stayed in a
monastery and the head lama gave him as a parting gift
stones--which he said will lead him to perfect peace.
But so far Simon
has not found spiritual enlightenment. Unable to find
reunites with former girlfriend Gina (Jill Anderson),
who insists the
stones are valuable emeralds and he should sell them.
At a crooked
jewelery store, where he goes to find the worth of his
a pair of
Colombian jewel thieves (Christopher
Dukes and Frankie Bee) follow Simon to steal the
jewels. After the
Colombians steal Simon's backpack with the emeralds,
the vics chase
after the thieves in their car. At
imitation of Stonehenge made out of cars-- our
hero and heroine find
nirvana by letting go of those possessions and
finding it's enough that
they love each other.
As a school project it's fine, but as a
feature film it didn't do the trick for me. There
were too many
strained daffy characters, a trite plot line, the
jewel heist chase
couldn't be duller and many of the lighthearted
gags didn't grab me as
particularly funny. But there were some inventive
things, such as hand written title placards
subtitles and to identify important characters. Also,
the way Omaha was
used as a source of comedy was inventive.
REVIEWED ON 7/5/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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