Suburban paranoia of the new neighbor -- in this case, a shrink with suspicious methods -- is the starting point and narrative cul-de-sac for tyro helmer David Ogden's risible "Inside Out." Pic plays like a negligible faux-thriller full of good and poor actors indifferently cast. Surest outlet is cable.

Suburban paranoia of the new neighbor — in this case, a shrink with suspicious methods — is the starting point and narrative cul-de-sac for tyro helmer David Ogden’s risible “Inside Out.” Without the disturbing political undercurrents of an “Arlington Road” or the sense of the suburb as a microcosm of something bigger, pic plays like a negligible faux-thriller full of good and poor actors indifferently cast. Surest outlet is cable, for which this psychodrama seems explicitly pitched.

Airline pilot Norman (Steven Weber) gets annoyed at new move-in Dr. Peoples (Eriq La Salle) when he mows his lawn in the wee hours, but the shrink makes friends with Norman’s wife, Maria (Nia Peeples), and, especially, their child Obert (Tyler Posey), who’s petrified of water. Norman and other male neighbors become obsessed by Dr. Peoples but their fears appear inflated. The actual revelations are the stuff of a kooky black comedy, not a grim-faced thriller like this. The only remaining question: Is this the best La Salle can do after life on “ER”?

Inside Out

Production

An Ogdenigma Pictures, Humble Journey Films presentation. Produced by Timothy Linh Bui. Executive producer, David Ogden. Co-producer, Fulvio Valsangiacomo. Directed, written by David Ogden.

Crew

Camera (FotoKem color, DV), Steven Douglas Smith; editor, Danny Saphire; music, Jamie Christopherson; production designer, Laura Paddock; costume designer, Laura Flett; sound, Karl Lohninger; supervising sound editor, Craig Clark; assistant director, Daniel Carrey; casting, Shannon Makhanian. Reviewed at CineVegas Film Festival, Las Vegas, June 12, 2005. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Eriq La Salle, Steven Weber, Russell Wong, Nia Peeples, Tyler Posey, Joe Hart, Kate Walsh.
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