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Gary From Accounting – A Short Film Review

Gary From Accounting

Gary From Accounting is an extremely funny and entertaining short film. A witty script and some fantastic acting make this short extemely enjoyable to watch.

What’s It All About

Hannah is having an intervention for her alcoholic husband Nathan, but she accidentally invites his work acquaintance Gary instead of his closest friend, and when the event gets emotional, extreme awkwardness ensues for poor Gary.

My Opinion

The short begins with Gary walking into Nathans home and making himself comfortable. He is unexpectedly greated by Nathans wife and sister who were expecting Gary, Nathans best friend not Gary from accounting. A slightly confused pair confront Gary about who he is and what he’s doing there. They quickly discover they invited the wrong Gary to help them confront Nathan about his drinking problem. However it is too late for Gary to leave and he needs to make the best of this bad situation.

What I think always makes a good short film is having an excellent set-up and this starts off with exactly that. We have a quick opening that sets the scene and introduces the characters to the audience. Not only that, we are also treated to some comical acting which gives us a taste of whats to come.

Mark Grenier was fantastic as Gary, his body language and slightly awkward nature made the character look very uncomfortable in this setting which is exactly what the film needed. His chemistry with Timothy J. Cox, who played Nathan, also jumped off the screen. The pair made for some hilarious and comical moments that left the audience wanting to see more. The duo certainly seemed to work well together, bouncing off one another and making the short a memorable one.

At only slightly over five minutes long, this film manages to create a memorable and ever-so-slightly dark comedy that will appeal to a mass audience. Having such a short runtime means that the comedy has to be quick and sharp, this delivers on both with perfection.

The camera work and composition of the film gave quite an intimate feel. The lack of music and the close quarters approach to the short made us feel as though we were in the room sitting with the cast as they confronted Nathan about his problems. The only stumbling block was a shot that began behind Nathan at the door and followed him to the sofa. The back of Nathan takes up around two thirds of the screen and the poor lighting from the angle means we are stuck watching a close-up of his silohette. Although only a minor technical error, it does pull you out of the moment for around thirty seconds as you become visually impaired to the action on-screen.

As far as I’m aware this was the first writing credit for Phoebe Torres which is very surprising considering how tight the script was. There is no let up for error in such a short film and Phoebe keeps this one exceptionally sharp. I have a feeling she has a lot more to offer the film industry as a writer if this is anything to go by. It will be very interesting to see what she could do with longer movie.

Daniel Lofaso is also making his debut behind the camera in another solid effort. He manages to capture this scene very well, with the only downfall being the slightly awkward camera angle mentioned previously. Daniel has definitely shown that he has a future in this business. He did a great job overall framing the film and making us feel as though we are in the room with the actors.

Gary From Accounting

Notable Performances

What really steals the show for me are the two performances of Timothy J. Cox as Nathan and Mark Grenier as Gary. The pair have an excellent chemistry together and really seemed to bounce off one another. It would be great to see the pair team up again in the future on a longer production. I feel the double act has shown a lot of potential here and it would be good to see what they could do given some more screentime.

Timothy J. Cox played Nathan. Timothy was great in the role of Nathan. From his bad tempered shouting to his new found love for Gary, his performance jumped off the screen. The role really showed Cox at his best putting everything into this character and giving a fantastic performance that was a pleasure to watch. He seemed to be able to easily jump between emotions, from a bad tempered alcholic towards his wife and sister, to being very loving and co-operative towards Gary!

Mark Grenier played Gary. Marks individual performance was superb. He showed that he has a lot of potential in comedy, bringing a lot out of the character. His uncomfortable and awkward display was at it’s comical best when trying to confront Nathan about his drinking “Your expense reports are sometimes a little late.” His weak delivery really got a big laugh from me. Overall a fine performance.

Thea McCartan plays Hannah, Nathan’s wife. Thea is strong in her performance as Hannah and does a great job in her part but is over-shadowed by the duo of Timothy and Mark.

Jake Lipman plays Belle, Nathan’s sister. Again Jake is fine in her role and does everything required of her performance ensuring that this is an overall solid film but like Thea her contribution is pushed to the back by the screen presence of Timothy and Mark.

The Verdict

This was a fun comedy with plenty of laughs. A strong cast highlighted by the double-act of Cox and Grenier made ‘Gary From Accounting’ a pleasure to watch. A sharp and witty script and some solid direction ensured the audience enjoyed what they saw.

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A 31 year old movie addict. Paying the price for a miss-spent youth of movies and popcorn. DVD collector and avid fan of 80's action movies. Lover of cider and pizza!