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Sky’s The Limit (2013): Written and Directed by April Schroer.
Starring: Timothy J. Cox (Jason) and Joseph DiStefano (Frankie)
** out of 4
A young father and his son are coping with the loss of their wife and mother in their own ways in the caring and honest short from writer / director April Schroer, Sky’s The Limit. Timothy J. Cox excels as Jason, a young father trying to piece life together after his wife’s passing. He has taken up internet dating, in the hopes of finding a new love, all the while neglecting his energetic son Frankie (an exuberant Joseph DiStefano) who simply wants to connect with his Dad, more than ever now that it’s just the two of them. Frankie, like most, retreats into his imagination. Here, Frankie retreats into the land of the Sky King…a world of knights. Frankie tries to get his father involved, but Jason isn’t having any part of it. What we discover from this is that Jason and Frankie connect very little. Jason then manages to snag a date for the evening, but when Frankie’s babysitter cancels at the last minute, Jason has no choice but to take Frankie on his date with him. You can imagine how that goes.
Schroer’s film is well intentioned, has a nice pace to it and is bolstered by the warm and caring performances of Cox and DiStefano, but overall, the film only scratches the surface, not delving deeply enough into their struggles with their recent loss. Most jarring were the Sky King sequences, which could have used more attention in the costuming and make up department. The ending of the film also felt very rushed.
Not perfect, but Sky’s The Limit is a charming, endearing short about the importance of family staying together through tragedy.
Information on Sky’s The Limit is available on the Internet Movie Database.
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