The Parallel

A pretentious cross between Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and a bad night on the WB, "The Parallel" places its hopelessly callow teen hero in the position of experiencing a dreadful future life.

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With: Margaret Scarborough, Taylor Hart, Darla Gordon, Jeff Swarthout, Elliot V. Kotek, L.G. Ross.

A pretentious cross between Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and a bad night on the WB, “The Parallel” places its hopelessly callow teen hero in the position of experiencing a dreadful future life. Writer-director Jack Piandaryan appears as tone-deaf to his miscalculated dialogue as he is unable to eke out convincing perfs from his cast. As a four-waller at a single Laemmle theater in Los Angeles (where pic was lensed), this mumbo-jumbo will cross over to its quiet vid life in short order.

High school jock Danny (Taylor Hart) is aiming for Harvard Law and thinks he rules his world of partying, buffed-out dudes and dudettes until he encounters a Gypsy magician on a beach who sends him 20-some years into the future. Suddenly turning 40 (and with bad aging makeup), miserable Danny is married to slutty Margie (Darla Gordon) rather than sweetheart Lynn (Margaret Scarborough), and after much ridiculous sturm und drang, ends up on death row. Don’t ask.

The Parallel

Production: A Piandaryan Films release. Produced by Christine Whitmarsh. Executive producers, Jack Piandaryan, Lucy Nazarian. Co-producers, Brian Schwarz, Brennon Jones. Directed, written by Jack Piandaryan.

Crew: Camera (Fotokem color, DV), Roderick E. Stevens II; editor, Damien Michael Smith; music, P. Daniel Newman; music supervisor, Mark Walbaum; art director, Scott MacDonald; costume designer, Sandra J. Frye; makeup/hair, Tina Cohen; sound, Greg Cosh, Nora Cosh; sound designer, Kerry Carmean-Williams; supervising sound editor, Damien Michael Smith; re-recording mixers, Jon Taylor, Christian P. Minkler; assistant director, Brennon Jones; casting, Christine Whitmarsh. Reviewed at Laemmle Town Center, Encino, May 11, 2007. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: With: Margaret Scarborough, Taylor Hart, Darla Gordon, Jeff Swarthout, Elliot V. Kotek, L.G. Ross.

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