Monday, May 14, 2012

Sucker (May 17th at the Ohio Independent Film Festival)

[Sucker screens Thursday May 17th at 6 pm as part of the "Ohio Shorts" program at the 2012 Ohio Independent Film Festival.]

Review by Bob Ignizio

10 year old Betsy (Angela Fetsic) takes to heart the campfire story she hears about a creature called “The Sucker”, which supposedly lurks in the woods near her house and has a taste for little blonde girls like her. Betsy decides to strike preemptively, plotting ways to capture the beast despite her fears. It seems an impossible task, even with the help of a neighborhood boy and some encouragement from her older brother, but failure is not an option.

Sure, the symbolism of overcoming the titular monster as a rite of passage from childhood to adolescence is a bit obvious, but Sucker is nonetheless enjoyable. Kristyne Fetsic's direction is hampered somewhat by the cast of amateurs, but she still comes through in the end showing the potential for better things if given a bigger budget and a more experienced cast. Regardless of its rough edges, Sucker is a cute little coming of age story. 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.

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