Kiss-Kiss-Fingerbang-Yelchin-SheilShort Film: Kiss Kiss Fingerbang
Length: 11 minutes
Director: Gillian Wallace Horvat
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Kate Lyn Sheil, Buck Henry

Short films are the film equivalent of telling a joke. They should be precise, entertaining, and right to the point. Many times (film students mostly) tend to carry on past the time allotted and turn the viewing of the picture into a quagmire of self-indulgency. Kiss Kiss Fingerbang, while unusual, is NOT in this category. It celebrates originality and embraces brevity with a wit not generally seen in short films.

The film revolves around the romantic escapes of two good-looking young people (mid twenties if I had to guess, and I am). One of them is a Veterinarian who seemingly only deals with cats (although how many different animals can you cram into an 11 minute short unless you’re Disney, right?). His name is Dr. Jack Stewart (Anton Yelchin) he runs a website where you can buy vet products online. He is dating a very pretty young girl named Alison (Kate Lyn Sheil). They begin fooling around one night after he gets home late from work, one thing leads to another, and proceeds to fingerbang her.

She freaks out. He asks if something is wrong. She says no, she really likes it, but she’s trepidacious as she “Can pretty much be talked into anything when some guy does that to her.” Jack concedes and they finish their night. However, given this newfound information, Jack decides to see how far he can push the limits of what he can get away with using this talent of his that makes his girlfriend receptive to even the most delinquent of activities.

This little film is awesome. It is clearly not for anyone under 17 (hence the title), but it is a weird, funny little romp through a premise that would have been totally screwed up by Saturday Night Live (though I doubt they would have aired it). The performances were sublimely hilarious and the direction was spot on. The only gripe would be the ending, which seemed abrupt and unfulfilling, almost as if they had run out of time/money and had to put this on wax asap. That is a minor concern as the picture is very entertaing. Check it our if you can find it online, and definitely look out for more to come from director Gillian Wallace Horvat as talent like this deserves a chance to be put up on the big screen.

Kiss Kiss Fingerbang was the Jury Award Winner for Midnight Shorts at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

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