Sunday, August 30, 2009

45 R.P.M.

While we think about it, 45 R.P.M. might be a very touching teenager film about life in a small town. After all, scriptwriter/director David Schultz manages to create so much unspoken depth in the relation between the characters. However, despite being good, the film obviously comes with its flaws, which are a few plot holes here and there.

Parry Tender (Jordan Gavaris), a fifteen years old teenager, lives in a small town from the Canadian Prairies. Besides, life in a small town makes him sick and "Luke" (Justine Banszky), a girl who looks and acts like boy, wants to be his girlfriend. Of course, Parry wants to be just a friend with "Luke", since he's got his eyes on Debbie Baxter (MacKenzie Porter), the "new girl" at his school. Besides, Parry sees an opportunity to get out of his small town. In fact, by listening to his radio, Parry hears a contest organized by a radio station of New York City. Besides, the goal of this contest is to name 30 rock and roll songs (by sending a mail before the deadline) that are all compressed into a soundtrack of 30 seconds and the winner gets a trip to New York City.

Obviously, David Schultz certainly has a bright future ahead of him even though his writing or directing doesn't seem to have a personal style. However, one thing is definitely noticeable in 45 R.P.M.: Schultz has the ability to breathe some puff of depth in his script. This means that his script reveals his ability to simultaneously elaborate the meaning of the relation between the characters and the film's point. In short, we've got a character seeking to get out of his small town who is either understood (by his friends) or misunderstood (by the police constable played by Kim Coates).

However, despite its potential, 45 R.P.M. deflates because of some plot holes. Indeed, while the film makes it clear that Parry is aware of how the contest works since the beginning, it spends few time exploring Parry's efforts to win the contest. In other words, Schultz, despite his talent, is more preoccupied with the other aspects of Parry's life that we often feel the contest took a backseat from the film's first to third quarter. For instance, Parry's fascination for music could have been elaborated a little bit more when it comes to his relation with Debbie.

Obviously, despite the few plot holes, 45 R.P.M. gives us the best of the worlds of experimental and professional film making in terms of acting. While the experienced actors (Michael Madsen, Kim Coates, August Schellenberg and Amanda Plummer) smartly portrays figures of authority, laxity or fairness, the younger actors (Jordan Gavaris, MacKenzie Porter and Justine Banszky) surprise us. This goes without saying that having young and unknown actors is not a bad idea because their own character seem to react to adults in a stunningly natural way.

Finally, 45 R.P.M. is a film that certainly comes with its flaws. However, it's certainly one that you'd like for it's quite touching. Besides, no matter how the story ends, the script manages to efficiently make us care about Parry, the leading character.

Rating: 3.5/5

Origin:Canada (2009)
Length:91 minutes
Screenplay:David Schultz
Director:David Schultz
Jordan Gavaris, Michael Madsen, Kim Coates, August Schellenberg, MacKenzie Porter, Justine Banszky and Amanda Plummer

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