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The Dry Spell

Basically a lame "my sex life is so pathetic" monologue illustrated, "The Dry Spell" is an energetic but sophomoric indie comedy engineered by Minneapolis-to-L.A. emigres the Brothers Dowdle. While resourcefulness is more evident than talent, something about pic's frantic eagerness to please suggests the sibs will be around for a while.

With:
With: Chip Godwin, Casey Strand, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Megan Edwards, Scott Beehner.

Basically a lame “my sex life is so pathetic” monologue illustrated — with incessant voiceover commentary — “The Dry Spell” is an energetic but sophomoric indie comedy engineered by Minneapolis-to-L.A. emigres the Brothers Dowdle. While resourcefulness is more evident than talent, something about pic’s frantic eagerness to please suggests the sibs will be around for a while. Incredibly, lead Chip Godwin’s lowbrow mugging won an Honorable Mention at Slamdance. Microbudget feel and obvious DV lensing point toward minor small-screen prospects.

Josey Fargo (Godwin) is a 30-ish loser with no job, a homely look and geek demeanor. When not recalling past girlfriends (notably Casey Strand as “love of my life” Julie), he haplessly chases potential future ones, getting understandable responses that range from simple brush-off to taser-zapping. Who would possibly want to go out with “a horny little freak like moi”? In skit-like script’s logic, it’s the woman he serially annoys the most, natch. With more T&A, pic would be a ringer for “The Immortal Mr. Teas” and all other ’60s “nudie cuties” wherein nebbishy protags cracked burlesque jokes while ogling pretty girls. For best viewing results, beer consumption is advised.

The Dry Spell

Production: A Brothers Dowdle presentation of a Group W production. Produced by Drew Dowdle, Melinda Woolf. Executive producers, Drew Dowdle, Michael Drescher. Co-producers, George M. Kostuch, Kaiser Clark. Directed, written, edited by John Erick Dowdle.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Shawn Dufraine; production designers, S. Peter Lazich, Shelby Wood; music, John Erick Dowdle. Reviewed at San Francisco Indie Festival, Feb. 12, 2005. (Also in Slamdance, Cinequest film festivals.) Running time: 71 MIN.

With: With: Chip Godwin, Casey Strand, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Megan Edwards, Scott Beehner.

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