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Naked with Loons

Stuffed with what sounds like material recycled from a standup act, tyro helmer Bryan Snyder's "Naked With Loons" has a good heart at the center of a comedy-drama about five adult pals nearing 30 and re-evaluating their lives, but pic is so amateurishly staged and overwritten that all intentions are defeated. Trying to follow in long line of comic filmmakers, Snyder casts himself in the lead, but this is only start of poor decisions, which include not trimming talky scenes. Pic isn't nearly loony enough for much festival attention.

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With: Snyder, Talia Botone, Jane Clark, Maurice Golchin, Michael Anthony Licata, Annette Marquez.

Stuffed with what sounds like material recycled from a standup act, tyro helmer Bryan Snyder’s “Naked With Loons” has a good heart at the center of a comedy-drama about five adult pals nearing 30 and re-evaluating their lives, but pic is so amateurishly staged and overwritten that all intentions are defeated. Trying to follow in long line of comic filmmakers, Snyder casts himself in the lead, but this is only start of poor decisions, which include not trimming talky scenes. Pic isn’t nearly loony enough for much festival attention.

Smarting from his most recent breakup, Kevin (Snyder) tries to put things behind him by camping with chummy marrieds Steve and Alex (Maurice Golchin and Jane Clark) and Jim and Leigh (Michael Anthony Licata and Talia Botone). Long, windy discussions on everything from the bliss of being naked to the perils and promises of parenthood punctuate camp-out. As writer, Snyder finds any option to plug dialogue with his own one-liners, lending project queasy feeling of a showcase. Pic screened via muddy vid projection, resulting in numerous night scenes where thesps were virtually invisible.

Naked with Loons

Production: A New Park Pictureworks and G.L. Entertainment presentation. Produced by Bryan Snyder. Directed, written, edited by Bryan Snyder.

Crew: Camera (CFI color), James LeGoy; art director, Ula Stensland; costume designer, Oneita Parker. Reviewed at Dances With Films Film Festival, West Hollywood, June 24, 2000. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: With: Snyder, Talia Botone, Jane Clark, Maurice Golchin, Michael Anthony Licata, Annette Marquez.

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