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SLAMDANCE: CHEMICAL CUT (review)

Review by Joshua Gravel
Produced by Barret Hacia, Marjorie Conrad
Written and Directed by Marjorie Conrad
Starring Marjorie Conrad, Ian Coster, Leah Rudick,
Stephen Saban, Jane Noble, Michael Lucid

Irene is out of college and unhappily working in a clothing boutique when she receives an unexpected offer to start modeling.

She accepts this exciting opportunity and learns that the modeling world isn’t all glamour; it’s actually more about hidden fees, backstabbing, and being talked down to.

But when she takes inspiration from a performance she sees in a short film she learns to believe in herself and follow her own dreams.

Chemical Cut is an interesting film for a first time feature director who is also the star of the movie.

Marjorie Conrad does a wonderful job with the set up and her character, which undoubtedly must pull from her real life experiences as a model; her experience and reactions seem honest while being likeable.

Unfortunately for Marjorie though, she cast the rest of the film with people who either couldn’t act, over acted, or tried to act the part as if they were a different actor.

I’m fairly certain that one actor was attempting to play the part as if he were comedic actor Thomas Lennon while another actor is clearly trying out some sort of horrible Jonah Hill impersonation. Other than that the movie has a few enjoyable stylistic touches of lighting and music but over all it feels like a series of loosely connected sketches held together by one competent actress.

I can’t recommend Chemical Cut unless you are already a fan of Marjorie Conrad.

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