Sunday, August 14, 2016

An Everlasting Piece (2000)

An American comedy drama directed by Barry Levinson, written by and starring Barry McEvoy.
The barbers at an insane asylum meet a new inmate who was previously the only wig distributor in the area. They get his client list easily, but are unsuccessful salesmen.
Not bad, but not good. I will explain. The premise was good and had lots of possibilities for "hair-brained schemes". The plot faltered though. The pacing didn't feel right because of bad choices in writing or directing. The strife between catholics and protestants, set in Ireland with such a large part played by the IRA seemed wonky for an American film. Then I discovered that Barry McEvoy, the writer and star, wrote the story about his Irish father. Some authenticity may have been lost over time and this is the only film he ever wrote. The soundtrack was just a tad on the annoying side, as Levinson's musical selections tend to be. The video was mostly very well done, besides a few underexposed scenes. When McEvoy returns to the barbershop after a rough adventure, he knocks over his friend's milk. There is this wonderful little sequence of the friend filling his coffee from the milk dripping off the table and then placing the jar under the drip. Overall, a regular movie with flaws and strengths. I rate it o.k.

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