Successful Alcoholics

The Best Short Films

Successful Alcoholics from Jordan Vogt-Roberts on Vimeo. Why Watch? The second shot of this short from Jordan Vogt-Roberts snags an unexpected, great laugh and then builds the comedy moment to moment from there, led by two hilarious performances from T.J. Miller and Lizzy Caplan. It also features a few familiar faces from character actors who nail down small parts along the way. With highly quotable lines and an absurd premise made believable through sheer force of will, the heart of this short is a pair of lovable characters who are absolute assholes. Fortunately, the story knows more than one note. It’s a look at adult children who manage to rock life despite blacking out every night – a comedy done with a smiling bulldozer, drawing humor from two people scoffing at consequences no matter how serious they get. But what happens when they run out of booze? What will it cost you? Only 24 minutes. Skip work. Watch more short films.

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We don’t exactly cover short films at festivals. Someday, perhaps. But not now. However, there are a few longer-form short films playing at this year’s festival — Spike Jonze’s red hot Sundance short I’m Here and the very interesting short from Holden Abigail Osbore, Solitary. Joining these two films in this category — which is called Medium Cool: 3 (not so) Shorts (awesome name) — is Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Successful Alcoholics.

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