Why Watch? Rob and Anna are looking to add some seasoning to their sex life, and they’ve actually been doing a good job if their need to clean the kitchen counters is any indication, but when their friend Holly comes to dinner this short film from Josh Crockett and Daniel Sinclair gets hit with Office-level dashes of uncomfortable propositioning.
There are really two keys to the brilliance of Dinner With Holly. The first is the shared chemistry between its actors — Kristin Slaysman, Bob Turton and Bridget Moloney — that creates a realistic base of comfortable characters shoving well past their comfort zone while allowing for all the overwhelming emotions that naturally tag along. These are our friends and neighbors. Every decision seems rooted in figuring out what a dull suburbanite would do when faced with uncomfortable situations that are largely self-desired and self-created. They realize in the middle of their quest that letting loose has consequences beyond scrubbing their cooking surfaces.
The second mark of magic is editing that is fearless in allowing pregnant silences to hang even as we’re caught tapping our toes, desperate for the scene to change. It bolsters everything the actors are doing by offering an anti-laugh track environment. Like a stranger making prolonged eye contact, we have no choice but to accept the situation or look away, and if you can handle staring something awkward in the face, this short film will yield a lot of hilarious dividends.
What Will It Cost? About 10 minutes.