SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2023 REVIEW! I’ve beloved parody for so long as I will be able to take note, principally as a result of the good musician/actor Bizarre Al Yankovic. His 1989 movie UHF is filled with the whole lot I dig about him: extraordinary, absurd humor and popular culture references galore. The 2022 launched Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Tale is identical in tone with its zany humor and references, so in fact, I used to be into it as smartly.
Love Sell off, directed by way of Jason Avezzano and Matt Mahaffey, and written by way of Leila Gorstein and Jesse Kendall, is a Hallmark parody this is in the similar vein because the aforementioned comedies (minus the popular culture references, save for a funny story about Bruce Willis flicks and the entire Hallmark skewering idea). This movie is on a far decrease finances than the Bizarre Al motion pictures and is handiest fifty mins lengthy, however the over-the-top tone is identical. The humor on this movie could also be a little bit raunchier, as it is advisable to almost definitely be expecting with a name like Love Sell off.
The tale begins off with an bizarre probability stumble upon at a park between Jessica Sell off (Leila Gorstein) and Todd Barkley (Jesse Kendall) the place Todd loses regulate of the canine that he’s strolling and falls proper in entrance of Jessica, inflicting mustard from her hotdog to splatter in all places her face whilst bloodying his knee up. It’s love to start with sight as she fixes his knee and pants as much as be similar to new, however not anything comes of it at the moment.
“The tale begins off with an bizarre probability stumble upon at a park…”
We see a name display screen that claims, “fifteen years later,” as Todd wakes up (taking a look precisely the similar) to getting dumped by way of his female friend LeAnna (Lauren Summers). Then we see Jessica at a shop she runs known as Love Sell off, the place folks convey of their trash for her to promote. “One particular person’s rubbish is someone else’s treasure,” she tells a buyer named Chester (Rob Grabowski), who places a semen-covered banana in her face and makes a funny story about her rack whilst she cracks up.
That’s when Todd fatefully walks into the Love Sell off, and it’s amore in all places once more when he and Jessica lock eyes. This is, till a powerful gust of wind blows away the piece of paper together with her telephone quantity on it (hilariously, you’ll obviously see the string connected), inflicting it to spin thru a tire, land on an ice cream, after which have a canine devour it, all whilst Kendall contorts his face in humorous tactics sooner than being soaking wet in water that’s splashed from a automotive at the curb. The lovebirds lose touch over again, this time for handiest 40 weeks sooner than the romance begins anew.
This movie lampoons the absurdity of the Hallmark motion pictures, which might be already ripe for parody with their penchant for being overly sentimental. The jokes and gags are hit-and-miss, however the actual energy of Love Sell off is the performances of the 2 leads, Leila Gorstein and Jesse Kendall. Leila virtually all the time has a grin on her face (aside from for the scenes the place her persona is meant to be dissatisfied) whilst she enthusiastically delivers wacky traces, and Jesse jogs my memory of Daniel Radcliffe from Bizarre in each appears and the taking part in it most commonly directly with a wink and a nod performing genre.
Parody isn’t for everybody, however for many who do revel in that type of comedy, I feel that they’re going to be pleasantly stunned by way of this little flick. Those are a few Bollywood-style choreographed mini-dance numbers, which added to the thrill and craziness of all of it. Looking to get laughs is hard, and a few would possibly see this as trash, however I in finding it to be just a little nugget of comedy gold.
Love Sell off screened on the 2023 Slamdance Movie Competition.