Well-Made Student FilmBy Jacob Beniflah
Nonsense signs have cluttered every corner and every Athena cluster. An odd preview at LSC featuring a flamboyant Nazi and the Dalai Lama left moviegoers perplexed. This Thursday the suspense ended when Josh Glazer G’s soon-to-be-cult-classic, 83 Errers, premiered.
As the odd advertising would lead one to believe, this is not your run-of-the-mill movie. While the preview and banners around campus haven’t revealed the plot, this movie really goes with the theme: it cannot be explained, it must be seen.
Act I of the movie, entitled “Lama Love,” begins in the mountains of Tibet where Jonathan Ericson (Jeff I. Lieberman ’00) has spent his senior year. After a traumatic experience he returns to Poekinoe College where he plans to start his life again. Poekinoe College has been a boring place for years and it is up to the hero of the movie to bring back the excitement via the Dalai Lama.
Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy. Rafael (Marc Leibovitz) is trying to gain the love of Elsie (Kelly McGonigal). At the same time, Rebecca (Anna K. Benefiel ’00) is trying to win over Rafael. Meanwhile, a Nazi and a group of Russians are trying to kidnap the Dalai Lama. Throughout the movie, several characters discover their secret past while trying to get ready for the Dalai Lama’s guest appearance. While that may be the basic plot, there is more to each of the numerous characters, especially Dermot, played by Glazer.
Through the use of flashbacks and musical interludes, the five acts roll by in a hilarious chain of events. The musical scenes are well choreographed and the songs, though sometimes painful to listen to, will definitely provide the audience with many laughs. Each musical scene has a different style which makes them enjoyable. The movie provides a good balance of music and actual dialogue.
As with many comedies, the jokes don’t stop with just the lines. Background scenes provide more reasons to laugh.
Viewers should make sure to notice what is written on the blackboard. One concern many people may have is that student-made movies are full of inside jokes only funny to immediate friends. With this movie, this is not the case. It is genuinely funny, as the scenes have a good combination of intelligent and slapstick humor.
The subtleties in this movie are what really make the movie stand out as a great comedy. As soon as the credits roll, the jokes don’t stop. The credits include several jokes as well as extra scenes from the movie. Make sure to stay until the very end to catch it all.
Glazer spent an entire year perfecting the script before he commenced filming the movie last summer. It was obvious that the movie was carefully made and edited with sophisticated shots and stunts.
The quality of the picture and the sound are far superior to what you might expect out of student-made or independent films. As a result, 83 Errers turns out to be a funny, well-made student movie.