|Pizza Shop tries too hard to be funny.|
Directed by George O'Barts
Produced by George O'Barts
Written by George O'Barts
Starring Robert Bielfelt, Cian Patrick O'Dowd and Brett Buzek
Pizza Shop: The Movie is a new independent comedy of lowbrow humor. It follows the antics of the pizza delivery drivers at the titular shop, which features some of the worst customer service ever. While the guys try to survive in their dead-end jobs, they play pranks and make jokes at the expense of each other. The Pizza Shop is one big family of raucous, immature behavior, yet the guys do have other battles to fight, like a tip contest, overly-friendly customers and a potential restaurant investigation. Chaos reigns, which offers some fun, if uneven, moments in this film.
O'Barts' debut feature doesn't quite come together, but it's not without merit. The film has no shortage of jokes and comedic situations, and the premise of following these pizza guys is promising. However, the humor can be too disgusting or too forced at times. While some gross-out comedies work, this one overreaches for wit and one-liners, and the toilet humor is way over-the-top. Most of the actors appear to be nonprofessionals, and it shows. Granted, that goes with the territory in indie cinema, but the raunchy material doesn't really have the bite it needs, since the actors perform a lot of the dialogue awkwardly. The script and the actors just don't reach a balance here. Still, O'Barts' film does what it can with what it has, and a shoestring budget for a first-time director doesn't always produce the best work. Disappointing on the whole, it's hard not to root for this movie to succeed, even when it fails.
Learn more about this film at pizzashopthemovie.com.
OMG...did you just give a movie...an F!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Also, how the #%$% did you even hear about this movie?
Well, I'd give it a D actually.Delete
The director sent me a screener a few months ago when I was busy with the CinSpecs. I've been meaning to watch and review it for weeks.
Just do it! GIVE IT AN F!!!!!Delete
I've never even heard of this movie. The premise seems interesting, but like your review says, the execution is probably not as well done. I think I'll skip this. Great review though!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I only heard about it from the director. I wish I liked the movie more.Delete
It sounds like this movie did have its moments. Great review!ReplyDelete
Thanks! It had a few, but I was underwhelmed by a lot of it.Delete