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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 book. 

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. 

 

  July 16, 2019

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