Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.5.
USA, 2011. Blue Seraph Productions, Border2Border Entertainment. Screenplay by J.T. Tepnapa, Carlos Pedraza. Cinematography by David Berry. Produced by Carlos Pedraza. Music by Brad Anthony Laina. Production Design by Rodrigo DeMedeiros. Costume Design by Anthony Tran. Film Editing by Whitney Dunn. Podcast: Bad Gay Movies.
Charlie David once had dreams of being a successful filmmaker but now, after rehab for drug addiction, makes his living filming wedding videos. His big-time director friend convinces him to take his place at a film festival being held by their alma mater as part of a scholarship program that he himself took part in and won fifteen years earlier; having nothing better to do, he accepts. When he gets there he is shamed by having to stay in a dorm room with college students, then has a drunken night out at a local bar that results in him taking one of the young students (Richard Harmon) home. The next day that same young man is being touted as most likely to win the scholarship by the two other members of the judging panel, but David realizes that something even stranger is happening: the student bears the same name that he himself had before assuming a pseudonym, and is making the film that David himself made fifteen years earlier. A mysterious old man who keeps popping up on campus lets him know that this time loop is his chance to right the wrongs of the past, his original success having been achieved through cheating that led to the dark present he now lives in. What could have been the setup for a clever, indie sci-fi is little more, as the actual filler is dramatically weak and unsurprising (every secret revealed pretty much reveals nothing special), while the terrible direction and acting only make this dissatisfying combination of P.S. and Peggy Sue Got Married a chore to sit through. Then there’s the student’s actual film project, at which point you’ll have a hilarious good time.