While Supplies Last Movie Review

The title of Matthew Schutt's digital indie doesn't make a lot of sense to me, and I found my attention waning from time to time, but on the whole While Supplies Last is an ambitious and worthwhile effort that portends better things down the road.

A dry look at AIDS and its all-too-common mishandling, Schutt puts his characters (a kooky ensemble that works at a hokey advertising agency) in color, except the infected ones -- who appear in black and white (not their scenes, the actors are actually digitally decolorized). They're decorating the office with a kind of "six degrees of penetration" project using foam balls and sticks -- each ball represents a person; each stick a sexual encounter. Before long the sculpture spans the entire building.

This is in large part thanks to the cast of characters, who find themselves in all kinds of sexual situations, at least when they aren't singing one of several musical numbers. Before long the black-and-whiteness is spreading. Who will get to the end of the film with their pigment intact?

It's an interesting premise, but unfortunately it only carries the film for so long. Schutt's film positively sprawls over two full hours, including a lengthy death-and-ascension sequence and about two subplots too many. Good comedies clock in at 90 minutes, and any indie should knock 10 or 15 off of that. While Supplies Last started to lose me at the hour mark... just too much of the same old thing.

The real find here, however, is Amy Claire, who plays the token virgin in the film, Snowy. She's the best actor in the cast (and unlike most video productions, there is some solid talent here) and has real screen presence, really working her girl-next-door cuteness. Schutt also proves himself a competent director (and a master of digital effects -- some 90,000 frames are altered in the film), though his screenwriting ability remains a work in progress.

Claire bear.

Comments

While Supplies Last Rating

" Weak "

Rating: NR, 2002

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