A scruffy Czech youth parlays computer repair into stud service in "Experts." Latest teen empowerment saga from the Prague-based Whisconti shingle, the production company behind 2004 B.O. smash "Snowboarders," item references both "Risky Business" and "Loverboy" but is too frank to get beyond local markets

A scruffy Czech youth parlays computer repair into stud service in “Experts.” Latest teen empowerment saga from the Prague-based Whisconti shingle, the production company behind 2004 B.O. smash “Snowboarders,” item references both “Risky Business” and “Loverboy” but is too frank to get beyond local markets

Pic plays possum for the first third or so, as normal schoolboy Oskar (Krystof Hadek) is presented doing normal schoolboy things: tinkering with computers, ogling girls and drinking with pal Filip (Tomas Lobl). Tiring of teen life, he blends technical know-how, can-do attitude and a good haircut into furtive computer consulting gigs that lead to, ah, more personal services. Replies Oskar with authority when one husband asks about his progress, “I had to take something out and put something in.” Meanwhile, Filip has his own problems with g.f. Wendy (Michaela Maurerova). Though understandably episodic to connect with its target aud, writer-helmer Karel Coma’s script imbues young people with a certain level-headedness unusual to the genre. And though Oskar drinks too much, there’s an associated downside. Natural cast looks like real (disheveled) kids. Tech credits are functional, led by lived-in sets and unaffected clothes.

Experts

Czech Republic

Production

A Whisconti production. Produced by Pavel Melounek, David Prudky, Magdalena Sedlakova, Jan Nejedly. Directed, written by Karel Coma.

Crew

Camera (color), Martin Matyasek; editor, Libor Merta; music, Roman Holy; art director, Jan Kadlec; costume designer, Iveta Trmalova. Reviewed on DVD, Sydney, Australia, April 20, 2006. (Also in Finale Plzen Film Festival -- competing.) Original title: Experti. Running time: 85 MIN.

With

Krystof Hadek, Tomas Lobl, Michael Foret, Daniela Sinkorova, Jana Hubinska, Petr Ctvrtnicek, Petr Vojnar, Michaela Maurerova, Eva Ujfalusi.
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