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Tillman (2011): Written by Josh Batista and Directed by Antonio Padovan.
Starring: Wayne Joseph (Richard Tillman)
* out of ****
Things are not going well for Richard Tillman. His car dealership business is going down the tubes; his family is a mess (alcoholic wife, son in rehab, miserable teenage daughter who can’t stand being a part of the family). Get out the party favors!
Screenwriter Josh Batista lays it on pretty heavy for Richard in the short Tillman, directed by Antonio Padovan, who directed the marvelous Socks and Cakes. Sadly, Tillman is nowhere and I mean, nowhere near Socks and Cakes as a film. Where Socks and Cakes was an exceptionally made film, layered with humor, drama and rich performances, Tillman has none of that. Not one of the leading performances rang honest or true. Wayne Joseph, who plays Richard, looked like he didn’t even know his lines about 50 percent of the time, whereas Lauren Pappas, as Richard’s secretary Missy, overacted her flirtatous bit, coming off like she was posing in a Victoria Secret photo shoot. It doesn’t help that screenwriter Batista has written a script about a miserable man, who has to deal with his miserable job; his miserable family; his miserable life.
It turned into 15 miserable minutes for me.
This film gets one star, as I think every film deserves even that. In the case of Tillman, I had to force myself to give it one star.
Information on the film is available at the Internet Movie Database.
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