Quite a Conundrum (2012)

Things are just heating up at Mimi's pool party when her eye-patch wearing ex-lover stumbles on to the scene and blows his brains out. Now, the fun is just getting started for her and her friends as they get wrapped up in a series of unfortunate events. Thomas L. Phillips presents QUITE A CONUNDRUM, a CLERKS-style comedy that mixes subversive humor with suspense. Unfortunately, QUITE A CONUNDRUM shares many of the same weaknesses as Kevin Smith's cult-classic with few of its strengths, particularly when it comes to the scripted dialog and staged acting. Sasha Ramos and Erin Cline are unable to pull off their lines successfully, which severely detracts from the intended humor in the opening act. The film slowly begins to pick up as the action gets underway, despite the onslaught of obnoxious characters that get thrown in our midst. It is clear from the start that Phillips is looking to shock audiences in to a reaction, which might have worked had he been given a more convincing cast. As it stands, QUITE A CONUNDRUM is an uneven mix of weak performances, minor thrills, and poor comedic timing.

Rating: 4/10.

Movies like QUITE A CONUNDRUM:
CLERKS, PARTY ANIMALZ, THE HAZING, DONKEY PUNCH, DUST UP, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, THE DEEP.

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