FIND MOVIES
Movie List
Loading ...
or
Find Theaters and Movie Times
or
Search Movies

Reel lives

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 2, 2006

When we meet him, the hard hitter has one loss and 23 KOs, but the build-up to his winning the world lightweight championship bout is more than the speed bag and sparring. Having seen his boxer friend Bobby Tomasello die from a beating in the ring, Balleto works for the establishment of the first union in the business. Sweet Dreams packs more than one punch, you might say.

Expiration Date | 2005, USA, 94 min | Directed by Rick Stevenson | Written by Hamish Gunn and Rick Stevenson | Aug 9, 9:15 pm | Columbus Theater
While this comedy’s last act self-destructs from plot contrivance, the entertaining getting there makes the trip worthwhile. How can the premise not be fun? Charlie Silvercloud III (Robert A. Guthrie) has a week to go till his 25th birthday, and the list he’s checking off has tasks like canceling his phone service and buying a burial plot. See, when both his father and grandfather hit that quarter-century mark, each was promptly and fatally struck by a milk truck.

Needless to say, he meets a young woman who gives him reason to live, a non-starter in his case. Bessie Smith (Sascha Knopf) has a pet terrier named Roadkill because it likes playing dead. And she may have cancer, so they’re a match made in if not heaven then at least its waiting room. The set-up of Expiration Date is composed of bits and set-pieces that hold together well, such as the running gag of Charlie’s ex-girlfriend, who thinks he broke up with her because of her thighs, biting into donuts in front of him like she’s tearing into his jugular.

On the Web
Sweet Dreams's Web site:http://sweetdreamsmovie.com/
Expiration Date's Web site:http://www.expirationdatethemovie.com/

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Features , Entertainment, Movies, Documentary Films,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY BILL RODRIGUEZ
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   BEE'S THAI CUISINE  |  July 16, 2014
    On the radar of Providence foodies, the ding of Bee’s Thai Cuisine has grown increasingly louder and brighter.
  •   THE FINAL COUNTDOWN  |  July 16, 2014
    Strap in for a fast-paced adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic mystery.
  •   A SO-SO SATIRE  |  July 02, 2014
    There’s this poor country whose medium of exchange is goats (actually, promises of parts of a goat — promissory goats).
  •   PROFOUNDLY SILLY  |  June 25, 2014
    It’s been more than a half-century since Eugène Ionesco’s first play, The Bald Soprano , was written in a burst of splenetic post-WWII exasperation over the ludicrous behavior of his species.
  •   TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY  |  June 18, 2014
    It doesn’t hurt that Angels In America is, in several regards, the greatest American play ever written.

 See all articles by: BILL RODRIGUEZ