SMALL TIME (2014) by Joel Surnow
“Like salesman, like son”
Some movies aren’t created with big pretensions, they only try to tell realistic stories. “Small Time” is one of this kind of movies. Joel Surnow, a veteran screewriter of TV series jumps into the big screen with this familiar comedy.
Al (Christopher Meloni) is a divorced father that lives alone and is the owner, with his partner Ash (Dean Norris), of a second hand’s car concessionaire. His life will change when his son Freddy (Devon Bostick) decides that he doesn’t want to go to college because he wants to learn his father’s business instead. Freddy will move with Al and together they’ll star to live good moments.
The title of the film, “Small Time” concerns to the profession or sale’s strategies Al and Ash have, but it’s also used along the movie to speak about some of the characters; and through this simple story, the filmmaker tries to show us that sometimes people who seem to risk less in life, are the one’s who risk the most.
The issue is that the characters are not well constructed and the spectator only receives half of the message, getting as a result a “Small Time”.
I don’t think this is a bad movie. I find hard to say that this is a bad movie when, as I said before, I feel like this is a humble movie without big claims. But it’s truth that it hasn’t the necessary strenght to compete with other films in billboard. As an example, in my town, Valencia, it hasn’t been showed in any cinema.
However, it will have better outcome if its purpose was to be screened on television, as it will increased the quality of TV films. Besides, its obvious deficiencies would slip past and its virtues would be highlighted.
Because it has some good virtues, the film is very nice and entertaining, full of familiar faces for all the fans of TV series, and with some really funny gags.
But the truth is that, although the big screen is very atractive, not everyone works properly in this media; and Joel Surnow, at least for the moment, makes it better on television.
Traducido por: Irene Subiela.