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"Boob Jobs & Jesus" is a hilarious short subject comedy.
by Erik Sean McGiven on Oct 22, 2008
"Boob Jobs & Jesus" is a hilarious short
subject comedy about Carlin, a young author who attempts to cope with the
neuroses inflicted by her narcissistic eccentric mother. And all that pain and suffering she has
endured she vents into her debut novel entitled "Boob Jobs &
Jesus." (The Mother, the Daughter, and the Holy Implants.)
The film opens with her in bed. She awakens with high expectations as today
is her first book signing and all her hard work is finally going to pay
off. She memorizes talking points as she
meticulously makes her bed while still in it.
After completing her morning shower, this strange behavior continues as
she systematically squeegees the glass shower door.
When messages from a friend and her father reveal they will
not be able to attend this momentous event, she bravely accepts it as another
part of her suffering. From these scenes
we began to sense that this neurotic young woman on the mend, yet that it
wouldn't take much to send her over the edge.
At the book signing she proudly reads a passage from her
book. When she finishes, the reaction is
one of indifference as the small group is more interested in other books than
in hers. This is a superb piece of
filmmaking as we expect a crowd of people.
Instead we see rows and rows of empty chairs. It's not the reaction she anticipated and
just when things couldn't get worse, her dominating eccentric mother shows up
and wants to halt the sale of books.
This woman is upset because her implants were mentioned in the
book. A vial caustic woman, one could
now understand the source of Carlin's problems. The interchange between mother and daughter
soon takes center stage and the library patrons react in a way that is both
comical and sympathetic. They are taken
in by this melodrama and it increases their interest in Carlin and her
This is much like one of Woody Allen's neurotic comedies and
is reportedly based on the relationship between writer/director Ursula
Whittaker and her mother. Ursula
Whittaker ("ER" & "Veronica Mars"), a tall flaming
redhead much in the mode of Katharine Hepburn in both looks and comic timing,
admirably portrays Carlin. Her
behavioral dexterity is truly amazing.
Carolyn Hennesy ("General Hospital") plays the role of her
mother, and does it so well she's frightening.
Rebecca O'Brien, Alex Boling and Wendy Shapero add beautiful comic
touches as the chorus in this refreshing comedy. And as Carlin's young mom Emily Merryn's
insightful portrayal adds a poignant comment about baby Carlin.
Tech credits are first rate; especially the orderly
meticulous sets by Production Designer Margaret Buckley. It supports Carlin's behavior. Well-lit scenes allow the story to play out
like that of situation comedies and the sound design nicely captures the fast
moving comic dialogue. The film is based
on the opening scenes from Ursula Whittaker's feature length screenplay.
CREDITS Ursula Whittaker, Carolyn Hennesy, Rebecca O'Brien,
Alex Boling, Wendy Shapero, and Emily Merryn.
Directed by Marshal McCabe and Ursula Whittaker; Written by Ursula
Whittaker: Produced by Margaret Buckley, Tamra Raven and Ursula Whittaker; Director
of Photography: Zach Richard; Production Designer: Margaret Buckley: Casting by
Tracy Mueller; Costume Designer: Wendy Shapero; Music Supervisor: Roy
Campanella III; Editor: Timothy M. Snell.
A Reeves Drive Films Presentation.
Running Time: 15 Minutes.
April 8, 2020