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Save It for Later

"Save It for Later" appears to be the misguided storywriting mantra fed to makers of this listless indie drama, which plods along almost wholly free of colorful incident, narrative muscle or character development. "Later" never really arrives, in terms of payoff or catharsis.

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With: Scott Cooper, Gabrielle Anwar, Theresa Russell, Craig Sheffer, Tommy Hinkley, Charles Esten, Jamison Jones.

“Save It for Later” appears to be the misguided storywriting mantra fed to makers of this listless indie drama, which plods along almost wholly free of colorful incident, narrative muscle or character development. “Later” never really arrives, in terms of payoff or catharsis. Recognizable cast names might get helmer-coscenarist Clark Brigham’s maiden feature modest tube/tape exposure, but tale of an angry young man coping — after a fashion — with lingering adolescent trauma is too tepid to stir distrib excitement.

Long prologue has teen Jake running away from hometown San Francisco after an improbable armed encounter between his strict dad (a poor perf by Tommy Hinkley) and the older, boho-artist mentor (Craig Sheffer) he disapproves of. Years later, adult Jake (Scott Cooper) returns, albeit without informing dad or mom (Theresa Russell). Instead, he procrastinates, occasionally spying on them while killing time with a bartending job, taking up painting once again, and romancing the landlady (Gabrielle Anwar). Precious little happens, in either plot or of human-interest. Russell has one good scene toward end; other older thesps are overwrought, younger ones OK given sketchy material. Tech aspects are adequate.

Save It for Later

Production: An Ananda Films production. Produced by Richard Taylor, Sara Garr, Clark Brigham, Michael Crawford. Executive producer, Justine Miner. Directed by Clark Brigham. Screenplay, Brigham, Richard Taylor.

Crew: Camera (color), Barry Stone; editor, Megan Agosto; music, Daniel Thomas; production designer, Chuck Voelter. Reviewed at San Francisco Film Festival, April 26, 2003. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: With: Scott Cooper, Gabrielle Anwar, Theresa Russell, Craig Sheffer, Tommy Hinkley, Charles Esten, Jamison Jones.

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