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Nailed

When a lead character, like Jeff Romano in "Nailed," doggedly refuses to make sensible decisions despite the drumbeat of wisdom by virtually everyone around him, the drama dangerously risks becoming a zero-sum game.

When a lead character, like Jeff Romano in “Nailed,” doggedly refuses to make sensible decisions despite the drumbeat of wisdom by virtually everyone around him, the drama dangerously risks becoming a zero-sum game. Such is the case in the extremely problematic script by tyro helmer Joel Silverman, who wants to show the costs paid by a young man staying true to his promises even if it means that he’s a pariah from his own family. Pic is hopelessly stuck in the obvious stupidity of Jeff’s choices, and even the presence of perennial indie father figure Harvey Keitel should do little to tweak distrib interest.

Having made one gal pregnant, struggling screenwriter Jeff (Brad Rowe) falls for another named Kelly (Rachel Blanchard) and promptly makes her an expectant mom. As usual with these kind of dramas, Kelly wants the kid, triggering an endless series of phoners with his concerned Gotham clan led by hard but loving dad Tony (Keitel). Jeff ignores his every good instinct, gets into predictable hot soup with the comically volatile Kelly, but, in the end, supposedly learns something about the meaning of manhood.

Nailed

  • Production: A Sanford-Pillsbury production. Produced by Joel Silverman, Doyle McCurley. Directed, written by Joel Silverman.
  • Crew: Camera (CFI color), Jack Conroy; editors, Suzanne Hines, Omar Daher; music, Neil Giraldo, Mark Binder; production designer, Jim Dultz; costume designer, Eduardo Castro. Reviewed at L.A. Film Festival, April 27, 2001. Running time: 91 MIN.
  • With: <B>With: </B>Harvey Keitel, Brad Rowe, Rachel Blanchard, Mary Kay Place, Dash Mihok, Lori Heuring, Richard Voll, Gina Philips.
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