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In Fidelity is a comedic cautionary tale
by Erik Sean McGiven on Jul 28, 2010
In Fidelity is a comedic cautionary tale about
foibles of online dating especially for those that are married. Brilliantly acted, this short film skillfully
pulls us the rocky world of a marriage gone astray.
When Nicole's marriage grows stale and predictable she
decides to check out Matchstick.com, a dating website for married people. Her eccentric best friend Cindy recommended
the site and uses it herself to have some cyber-fun and spice up her sex life
at home. Despite Cindy's warnings not to
get too serious, Nicole ends up hitting it off with an online man named
Peter. Their online connection is so
strong that they decide to meet in person.
However, the meeting ends up throwing Nicole for an unexpected loop.
Melissa Sagemiller, best known for her roles in "The
Guardian," and "Get Over It" plays the role of a frustrated wife
seeking excitement. She complains to her
close friend Cindy played by Whitney Cummings ("Made of Honor") about
lack of zing in her marriage. While the
two talk, they go through a series of yoga exercises that visually indicate the
problem in their rote-like marriages -- no spontaneity.
Nicole and her online friend, Peter, are to meet at a
restaurant where he will be wearing an orange scarf to identify himself. Peter, played by Alex Nesic ("Say It in
Russian" and "High Crimes") waits nervously at a table and
decides to remove the orange scarf around his neck. The waiter portrayed by Mike Batayeh
("American Dreamz") comes by and Peter reveals to him his second
thoughts about this online dating scheme.
The waiter prods him to seek out this new love.
Nicole enters and Peter sees her while Nicole recognizes him
a second later. She starts to leave then
comes back. They meet and we discover
that they are man and wife. Each makes
awkward excuses for being at this place.
Nicole feigns going to the bathroom while Peter returns to his seat and
reveals to the waiter his predicament.
The waiter consuls him while his wife waits outside the bathroom door
pondering her next move. She's about to
leave the restaurant when she see Peter now sitting at the bar wearing the
orange scarf. He stops her departure.
It evolves into a big fight with each accusing the other of
infidelity. The waiter has to step in
and supplying a more rational mind. Then
he tells them to leave because they are disturbing his patrons. Outside, they express their complaints and
what they want from each other, more zing, more spontaneity. Finally, they see the error of their ways and
start flirting like newly weds, then walking off hand in hand.
The performances are quite real in this comedy and nicely
set up the joke, that of two people looking to spice up a stale marriage
discover the remedy, is what they already have, each other. The film also reveals that while the
Internet can unleash our fantasies, when played out they can also lead to some
embarrassing situations. Tech credits
are highly professional and help move the story along highlighting its humorous
moments as well as its likeable and memorable characters.
CREDITS: Stars: Melissa Sagemiller, Whitney Cummings, Alez
Nesic, and Mike Batayeh., Cinematographer: Ricky Fosheim, Editor: Zach Fine,
Sound: Joel Steven, Boom: Mike Hostettler, Graphic Designer: Marcel Montemayor,
Key Grip & Gaffer: David Cronin, Executive Producers: Alex Nesic &
Brandon Zinn, Producers: Eric Raine & Melissa Sagemiller, Written By: Alex
Nesic & Brandon Zinn, Directed by: Alex Nesic, A Haole Boy Film Production,
Running Time: 15 Minutes.
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February 28, 2021