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Dish Dogs

The awkward interstice between college and grown-up, settled-down life gets a lightweight but agreeable treatment in "Dish Dogs," a heartfelt buddy comedy distinguished by its crisp handling and spirited young cast.

Cast:
Morgan - Sean Astin Jason - Matthew Lillard Frost - Brian Dennehy Anne. - Shannon Elizabeth Molly - Maitland Ward

The awkward interstice between college and grown-up, settled-down life gets a lightweight but agreeable treatment in “Dish Dogs,” a heartfelt buddy comedy distinguished by its crisp handling and spirited young cast. Pic’s likeliest niche is in vid release.

Dish dogs, as first scene reveals, are restaurant dishwashers. Morgan (Sean Astin) and his best bud, Jason (Matthew Lillard), have chosen the low-wage way of life, post-college, in order to avoid the traps of convention and keep to their vow of living as bohemian philosophers. Aside from scrubbing plates and pondering the universe, they get sage advice from a mentor named Frost (Brian Dennehy) and cruise around Southern California in an old Chevy pickup, looking for choice surfing spots.

At the wedding of a pal, the guys renew their commitment to non-commitment, but reality begins to loom. Jason encounters an old flame, Molly (Maitland Ward), and realizes that he still misses her. And Morgan starts to develop a crush on a smart stripper (Shannon Elizabeth) who he met at the bachelor party.

When cracks in the friendship appear, Jason finally admits he’s not the serious philosopher Morgan wishes he were. Morgan, for his part, doesn’t take the lack of faith lightly; his anger at being abandoned by his best friend precipitates both a nasty spat and an unexpected bout of soul-searching. Naturally, the friendship survives once the loner decides to join the crowd.

Leads Astin and Lillard prove expertly relaxed as the dudes, giving pic much of its genial, unprepossessing charms. Helmer Robert Kubilos gets nice perfs from other cast members as well, and provides a well-rendered visual setting with a summery, SoCal feel. Tech credits are fine.

Dish Dogs

Production: A Filmwave Pictures release of a Flashpoint Ltd. presentation of a 7.23 production. Produced by Richard C. Mann, Michael A. Candela. Executive producers, David Forrest, Beau Rogers. Co-producer, Ellen Erwin. Directed by Robert Kubilos. Screenplay, Ashley Scott Meyers, Nathan Ives.

With: Morgan - Sean Astin Jason - Matthew Lillard Frost - Brian Dennehy Anne. - Shannon Elizabeth Molly - Maitland WardCamera (CFI color), Mark Vicente; editor, Carol Oblath; music, Herman Beeftink; production designer, Aaron Osbourne; costume designer, Kristin M. Burke; sound, Trevor Jolly; casting, Candela & Associates. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 14, 1998. Running time: 95 MIN.

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