Stars In Shorts

Release date: September 12, 21012
Directors: Robert Festinger, Rupert Friend, Neil LaBute, Jay Kamen, Benjamin Grayson, Jacob Case, Chris Foggin

Stars In Shorts is a collection of seven short films that began a limited theatrical release on September 12th, 2012 in the United States, and will run until its VOD release via iTunes online and on Cable & Satellite Pay Per View on October 9, 2012.

Each film, made from 2010 through 2012, has at least one big name star (some have several) and they have run times that range from as short as seven minutes to as long as 25 minutes. When viewed together, the run time is approximately 113 minutes.

While some of the films are more successful than others, the titular stars featured in each give knockout performances.

Lily Tomlin and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are far too hilarious as a mother and son who accidentally become the head of a funeral procession in the aptly named The Procession. It’s arguably the most satisfying film in the bunch. Although, Friend Request Pending, featuring Judi Dench and Tom Hiddleston, works quite well also.

The Neil LaBute-penned, Jacob Case-directed After-School Special features a twist you will probably not see coming. The LaBute-penned/directed short Sexting‘s twist is a little more obvious, Julie Stiles gives an arresting performance.

Fans of Keira Knightly and Colin Firth will get a kick out of the Rupert Friend-penned/directed Steve. The actors are amazing in their roles, though the film feels a little underdeveloped.

Jason Alexander is a hoot in Jay Kamen’s fiercely honest comedy/musical Not Your Time, about the ups-and-downs of trying to make it in Hollywood. Homages to Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz are more than welcome.

The most disappointing film in the bunch is actually the longest. Kenneth Branagh and Jennifer Morrison star in the sci-fi snoozer Prodigal, which, clocking in at 25 minutes, makes you go “why do I care?” from the very start.

Rating: ★★★¼☆ 

You can watch trailers for all the films here.

1 Response

  1. Mirella says:

    I admit I only knew of Friend Request Pending because of Tom Hiddleston, so it’s the only one I have seen and I cannot compare how it effective it was against the others. But I did find it a fascinating short film, full of cuteness, about old people and social networks. Judi Dench was simply adorable. Tom Hiddleston at the end was short and sweet too. Also LOL. XD

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