If you are tired of the same old Hollywood plot lines, you can shake up your movie-going experience at the Dec. 1 screening of indie film, Mon Ami, at the Plaza Theatre.
Canadian filmmaker Rob Grant promises his horror/buddy-movie will surprise audiences who’ve think they have seen it all.
“It’s a story that would never get made in Hollywood. It’s sneakily follows the antagonists and not the protagonists,” he said.
Seeking to portray how difficult it is to become a successful criminal, Mon Ami follows two friends as they botch the kidnapping of their boss’s daughter.
“It’s like Fargo meets Dumb and Dumber,” said Rob Grant.
Straying away from the successful Hollywood formula was a bit of a risk for an industry newcomer, but so far it seems to have paid off for Grant.
“I was really worried whether audiences would be booing in their seats, but it’s been screened in over 15 international fests now and the worst review we’ve seen is 3.5 out of 5 stars,” said Grant, “tt seems people appreciate what we were going for.”
If you’re confused as to what a “horror-meets-bromance” flick entails, you can expect gore, laughs, and sentimental moments.
“I describe this movie as a comedy for people who like horror movies,” says Scott Wallis, who plays one of the leads.
“At its core it is a really dark comedy but there is a little blood and guts thrown in the mix for good measure.”
The sentimental part of the film is loosely based on Grant’s own struggle in coming to terms with adulthood.
“The film came about at a time where a lot of my close friends were getting married and I was seeing them a lot less,” said Grant.
“It’s about two former best friends rekindling their friendship together. I think that’s what audiences connect with because everyone’s had a close friend fall out of their lives.”
But before you cue the sappy music and the ‘aww’ moment, you’ll be reminded that the main characters are indeed “morally reprehensible.”
“I play a character named Cal,” said Wallis.
“He’s in his mid-twenties and so far has amounted to absolutely nothing. His hatred for his job is only eclipsed by his hatred for his best friend Teddy’s psychotic and overbearing wife.”
Producer Scott Mainwood thinks the audience is certain to enjoy the movie as they won’t be able to help but put themselves in the characters shoes.
“We have some really fun and strange situations in the film that I think people will [enjoy] because the leads have made such a bonehead mistake, but they (viewers) can see how they might have made the same mistake if they were in that situation,” said Mainwood.
So if independent film is something you’ve been meaning to check out, Mon Ami could be your great introduction to the wonderful world of indie films.
“Mon Ami is a true independent film,” said Mainwood.
“It was done with little to no money by a bunch of passionate filmmakers who want to put out content that people will be entertained by.”
Indie fans can pre-purchase the $10 tickets via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.