The Big Shot-Caller

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  • Summary: As a child, Jamie Lesser watched "Strictly Ballroom" ninety-seven times a day and dreamed of becoming a salsa dancer. But in 'real life,' his social awkwardness, failed love life and severe near-sightedness got in his way. After insurmountable disappointments, he turns to his estrangedAs a child, Jamie Lesser watched "Strictly Ballroom" ninety-seven times a day and dreamed of becoming a salsa dancer. But in 'real life,' his social awkwardness, failed love life and severe near-sightedness got in his way. After insurmountable disappointments, he turns to his estranged sister, Lianne, a streetwise, self-proclaimed hip hop dancing dynamo, who inspires him to follow his dream, reclaim his self-esteem and become what he was truly meant to be. (Stella Films)
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    40
    The result is a rough-edged, head-scratching mix of tones. Fortunately, musicvideo vet Rhein's competent helming skills counterbalance her off-putting dialogue and flat acting style so that the picture doesn't come off strictly amateur.
  2. Too many threads are woven together here, but occasionally, it just connects.
  3. The characters' quirks lend The Big Shot-Caller a certain authenticity, and it is easy to empathize with Mr. Rhein's Lonely Guy in the City. But this minuscule indie variation of "Saturday Night Fever" moves only in fits and starts. When it ends on a cautiously upbeat note, you feel that you have seen just the stumbling first act of an unfinished drama.
  4. 25
    Marlene Rhein has directed 40 music videos, including ones for Tupac Shakur and Amy Winehouse. Judging by this, her feature debut, she should stick with the music.
  5. 20
    An overaffected, preachy drama.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. theresag
    May 15, 2009
    10
    This is a sweet uplifting movie with beautifully shot N.Y. locals.

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