SLAP ’N’ TICKLE Wednesday (June 11), 9:30 pm, Cumberland 3; June 14, 10:30 pm, Cumberland 1. Rating: NNNNN
There’s something oh so apropos about sex as the subject of a short film. And this year’s crop, like real sex, is a mixed bag.
A Day In The Life Of Richard proves size doesn’t matter.
There’s A Day In The Life Of Richard (Rating: NNN), an amusing animated film about your average 6-foot penis on the prowl for companionship, while the cartoon ’nads in The Adventures of Baxter & McGuire (Rating: NN) have nothing better to do than hang out and complain about what a dick their friend is.
Love Is Love (Rating: NN) takes place in a world where straight is strange and gay is the norm, a great platform for satire that’s mostly mired in predictability.
A Mate (Rating: NNN) is a dark comedy about a married middle-aged rocker who wonders what it would be like to treat his anus like an entrance, while the similarly comic A Dose Of The Guilts (Rating: NNN) offers a bored housewife, a deaf lover and a husband’s unexpected return from work. Needless to say, somebody’s coming out of the closet.
Bill (Rating: NNNN) is the most accomplished film in this program. It’s a cautionary relationship dramedy about a bored couple who spice up their lives by making a new friend, the lonely veterinarian of the title. The result is a triangle (or is that square?) you probably won’t expect.
Meanwhile, Souvenir (Rating: N) is all too familiar, as in exactly like the short that Toronto sketch artist Renée Percy made about a woman who accidentally leaves a plastic pouch filled with feces for the guy she’s just slept with. The viral video’s made the rounds of e-mail inboxes for months; you’d think somebody at the WSFF would’ve seen it.
WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL runs Tuesday (June 10) to June 15, various times. $10-$20, passes available. For complete schedule and venues, see Indie & Rep Film, page 105. 416-967-1528, www.shorterisbetter.com.