MOON POINT (Anchor Bay, 2011) D: Sean Cisterna, w/ Nick McKinlay, Paula Brancati. Rating: NN; DVD package: NN Rating: NN
Moon Point livens up about an hour in and becomes a moderately funny coming-of-age road movie, but it's grim going until then.
A big part of the problem lies with our nominal hero, Darryl (Nick McKinlay), an aimless post-high schooler. He's shallow, self-centred, resentful, manipulative, a chronic liar and petty thief and utterly without wit or charm. McKinlay makes him so obnoxious that we just want him gone.
Darryl talks his wheelchair-bound friend Femur (Kyle Mac) into providing the ride - a souped-up wheelchair - for a 250-mile journey to Moon Point, where Darryl hopes to reconnect with his grade-school crush, Sarah Cherry, who's there starring in a cheap horror movie. Along the way, they pick up Kristin (Paula Brancati), who's on the run from a bad relationship.
Though encounters with strange people provide comedy, the scenes drag on too long.
The leads give it their all and achieve a few moments of credible emotion.
Cisterna, producer Christian Potenza, McKinlay and Brancati provide a mildly amusing and informative commentary on production, the how-to of micro-budget filmmaking and their improvisational approach to script and story.
EXTRAS Commentary, interviews, bloopers, more. English audio. No subtitles.