Picks and Pans Review: Showtime 30-Minute Movie
Showtime (Wed., July 10, 9 P.M. ET)
Grade: Parents, B—; Letters, B +; Blue Moon, C
This installment of Showtime's series of short film trilogies makes for decent if inconsistent viewing. The first film, Missing Parents, tells of a wayward teen whose parents run away from home to get away from him. It's a unique twist, but the film fails to follow through with a fresh finish.
The last half hour, Once in a Blue Moon, is about a man who wastes his life worshiping an Elvis-like musician and must redeem himself by helping a fallen angel the musician's ghost impregnated. While the story starts out innovatively, it ends up taking itself too seriously.
The middle movie, The Letters from Moab, is by far the best. It stars Corinne Bohrer as a waitress who has a fling with an actor making a film in her southwestern town. (Priscilla Barnes is one of her coworkers.) Trapped in a dreary marriage, she finds strength in the letters the actor writes her. Bohrer's sensitive portrayal of the confused woman and a hopeful ending make this the 30-minute movie to watch.
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