Jackpot Short Film

Why Watch? Jack Hoffman desperately wants to jack his hoffman, but it isn’t all that easy. He’s resigned himself to department store catalog models — guys in tight sweaters, guys in genuine Jockeys — because 1) he’s 14 and 2) it’s 1994 and the internet isn’t in every household yet. Tough break being born in 1980.

When he hears about a stash of porn mags on the other side of town, he risks being caught by a trio of bullies to secure the necessary visual aids. Funny thing is, his imagination seems to already be pretty strong.

Adam Baran’s Jackpot is simple and sweet. It stops just short of being schmaltzy due to a genuinely likable hero in Ethan Navarro’s Jack, and a comic relief porn-star-of-many-wardrobe-changes played by Adam Fleming. Plus, as bully-dodging stories go, this one feels a bit more honest when it comes to danger, consequences and the anticipated payoff. It’s a warm look at the complicated problem of learning about your own sexuality — which probably felt world-collapsingly insurmountable when we were all that age — that’s pulled off with a large heart and a rebellious attitude.

What Will It Cost? About 8 minutes.

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Hat tip to Short of the Week for this one.


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