Pic reps one too many indie debuts about pushing-30 boy-men facing up to adult responsibilities.

“One Too Many Mornings” reps one too many indie debuts about pushing-30 boy-men facing up to adult responsibilities. One major character is noxious, the other two just bland, making for little rooting interest in a film that lacks anything distinctive in the way of humor or narrative incident. Crisp black-and-white HD lensing can’t rescue this inconsequential seriocomedy by director/co-writer Michael Mohan and co-scenarists/stars Stephen Hale and Anthony Deptula. One of three Sundance preems released to VOD during the fest, the pic is unlikely to gain wider traction.

It’s seldom promising when a movie opens with regurgitation, the daily a.m. ritual for Fischer (Hale). Given room and board in exchange for light caretaker duties at an L.A. church, he’s free to get plastered every night. Old pal Pete (Deptula) turns up seeking sympathy in the wake of g.f. Rudy’s (Tina Kapousis) apparent cheating. But Fischer is a pretty poor friend in need: He’s insulting, hypersensitive, utterly self-centered. When Rudy turns up, it emerges Pete wasn’t telling the whole truth. Perfs and tech packaging are adequate, Elisha Christian’s lensing better, but with little backstory, these characters can’t even maintain 78 minutes’ interest.

One Too Many Mornings


A One Too Many Mornings production. Produced by Anthony Deptula, Stephen Hale. Executive producer, Robert Young. Co-producers, Meg Halloran, Alex Mackey. Directed by Michael Mohan. Screenplay, Mohan, Anthony Deptula, Stephen Hale.


Camera (B&W, HD), Elisha Christian; editor, Mohan; music, Capybara; production designers, Cindy Chao, Michele Yu. Reviewed at Sundance Film Festival (Next), Jan. 23, 2010. Running time: 78 MIN.


Stephen Hale, Anthony Deptula, Tina Kapousis, VJ Foster, Jonathan Shockley.
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