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Skills Like This

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • An indie festival-circuit favorite, SKILLS LIKE THIS follows struggling writer Max (Spencer Berger) into a life of crime. He finds robbery to be his true calling after his play, THE ONION DANCE, not only bombs, it puts his investor grandfather in the hospital. On a whim, he robs a bank and miraculously gets away with it. Everything seems predetermined that he should enter a life of crime (he gives the money away, Robin Hood-style), but then romance blooms with the cute bank teller (Kerry Knuppe) he robbed, and she tries to talk him into going straight. Meanwhile, his two aiding and abetting buddies have differing views on this newfound profession: the one who actually has a life, David (Gabriel Tigerman), is nervous about the risks, while the loud-mouthed lout in the bunch, Tommy (Brian D. Phelan), is impressed enough to think about actually getting a job. In director Monty Miranda's hands, the Denver locale blossoms into slacker heaven, with local indie-rock bands livening up the soundtrack and flashy editing recalling films like SNATCH and GOODFELLAS. Co-screenwriters and stars Berger and Tigerman imbue the film with just enough raunch and rolling-on-the-floor moments to keep the party alive, but not enough to sabotage the more serious elements, like Berger and Knuppe's genuinely touching onscreen chemistry.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 158286

  • Credits
    Spencer Berger, Gabriel Tigerman, Brian D. Phelan, Kerry Knuppe, Ned Bellamy, Marta Martin, Jennifer Batter
  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]he offbeat chemistry of the cast, along with Monty Miranda's eye-catching direction make all the difference: this is a movie that tries hard to skirt the obvious....[With] an eclectic and fully integrated soundtrack..."
    New York Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he subtleties in the script are abundant and delicious....The writing for the most part is economically witty, the sharp casting and cinematography is spot-on, with its slick speeding stock and quick edits during the stick-ups and getaways."
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