"Don't call my sh*t, junk."
Review by Ross Anthony

(Reviewed from VHS screener.)

"Moving" is a bit of a wacky yarn about a guy who comes home one day to find ... his house has left him. Or more properly -- someone has stolen his house, "no, not robbed - stole!" He eventually hooks up with his best friend (since grade school) and they embark on a road trip farce in search of his abode, which is balanced by their well-scripted bickering. Despite the verbal sparring, their friendship is never questioned.

The tale is spiced with juicy oddities: 1) a neighbor slob that can't stop eating and whose unkempt lawn plays host to some unseen mini-beast, 2) a ZZ Top wannabe dropping cryptic messages at random, 3) a thief who nabs their steering wheel (they're forced to drive with vice-grips) etc. Save for the occasional drift into nearly sensible philoso-babble, the picture "moves" along in a sort of American Monty-Python kind of way.

Solid camera work and editing, good sense of humor, decent acting by the leads and some secondaries, though other secondaries are weak. Mostly fun and compelling, though (like some Python skits) "moving" goes a bit long losing it's hard earned momentum towards the last third.

Overall, high caliber for an indie of this nature. These guys certainly deserve a future in the filmmaking world. I'd like to see their next project.

Btw, loved the smoking barrel scene.

  • Moving. Copyright © 2002. Strong Language.
  • Starring L. Derek Leonidoff, Terry Jernigan.
  • Directed by Jonathan Friedman.
  • Screenplay by Jonathan and Matthew Friedman.
  • Produced by Jonathan and Matthew Friedman at Marjoram.

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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