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Last Night at Eddie’s

The Boston area currently is undergoing an indie production boom, but "Last Night at Eddie's" is unlikely to travel much outside the region. Formulaic film combines stock characters with scatological humor, resulting in a film that makes "Beavis and Butt-head" seem like a lecture on Kierkegaard. Result is too much gross-out humor for the arthouse circuit, and not enough production value to survive outside it. Story is set on Labor Day at a pizza parlor run by Gino (Noah Forrest), who abuses his g.f. Allison (Jamie Denbo), his staff and the customers. Typical joke is Gino having the mentally retarded Walter (Eric Roemele) run the food through the toilet for customers he doesn't like.

With:
Dillon ... Robert Kelly Gino ... Noah Forrest Allison ... Jamie Denbo Tubesteak ... Paul Bisson Pizza Joe ... Joffrey Spaulding Mr. Excitement ... John Sarrouf Walter ... Eric Roemele Superdog ... Steve Auger Hillary ... Molly Purves

Allison’s ex, Dillon (Robert Kelly), has returned to town and Gino orders her to ignore him, but even dimmest audience member can figure out who is supposed to be aired up at the end. Another strand has delivery boy (Paul Bisson) so

overwhelmed by his supposed endowment that he hits on nearly every woman in sight.

Director Frank Kerr’s script is overly talky, with toilet humor and sex jokes mixed with long speeches of self-revelation. Only Molly Purves, a plain Jane seemingly stalking Gino, pulls it off as she reveals her true motive.

Purves’ performance suggests what she might have been able to do with a better-written character. Roemele also has some moments as Walter when the retarded janitor struggles to assert himself.

Pic is primarily of local interest for soundtrack featuring popular local bands such as Groovasaurus and Bim Skala Bim. While sound is occasionally muddy (especially in opening narration), the cinematography allows the film’s look to far surpass the circumstances of its production. Cinematographer Charles Papert provides a crisp, clean look throughout, with light changing throughout the

afternoon and evening.

Last Night at Eddie’s” may play as if it was conceived in a broken-down rest room, but it looks like a million bucks.

Last Night at Eddie's

Production: A Boston Pictures presentation. A Filmworks production. Produced by Franklin C. Kerr, Jeffrey S. Kerr. Co-producer, James McInnes. Directed, written by Frank Kerr.

Crew: Camera (color), Charles Papert; editor, Thomas A. Ohanian; art direction, Scott Albertson; costume design, Martha Seeley; sound (stereo), Dana Ruzicka; assistant director, Victor Warren. Reviewed at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, Mass., Feb. 25, 1997. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: Dillon ... Robert Kelly Gino ... Noah Forrest Allison ... Jamie Denbo Tubesteak ... Paul Bisson Pizza Joe ... Joffrey Spaulding Mr. Excitement ... John Sarrouf Walter ... Eric Roemele Superdog ... Steve Auger Hillary ... Molly Purves

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