Yet another low-budget indie feature about a would-be auteur who yearns to make a low-budget indie feature, Robert C. Gladstone’s “Going Independent” is a lightweight but mostly likable comedy-drama about a film buff who delays his directorial debut to find a “real job” as a stockbroker. Indulgent cable viewers and video renters may be amused.
Much of plot plays like a kinder, gentler version of “Boiler Room,” as Marty (Jason Fischer) perfects hard-sell telephone techniques under tutelage of a fire-breathing superior (Scott Jefferies) while nursing a crush on branch manager Andie (Dionne Jones). “Independent” appears poised for a provocative twist when, during a get-together at an upscale topless-dancer club, Andie appears very interested in a near-nude femme performer. But nothing comes of the wink-wink hint: Andie turns out to be conventionally straight, all the better for her to join Marty when he leaves stockbroking to follow his dream. Jones, it should be noted, also receives solo or shared credit for casting, wardrobe, story editing, continuity, screenplay and set and costume design. Multitasking, of course, is par for the course on indie features — even indie features about indie features.