|Eddie Rouse gives what is easily one of the great performances of the year|
The plot of the film has a mother hiring a Sammy Davis impersonator to entertain her bed ridden son on his birthday. The son has all sorts of medical problems and is hooked up to to wires and tubes. He has a fixation for the Rat Pack and Sammy in particular. What transpires is a strange encounter between a fan and his idol.
Now first and foremost the performance of Eddie Rouse as Sammy is incredible. Chalk it up as one of the great performances of the year. Its an amazing performance that is so perfect that it's going to be hard to beat it in the remaining 346 days of the year. Its so good that you'll realize it's a sin that Oscar doesn't include short films when considering acting awards.
Almost everything in this film is Oscar worthy except the humor.
I want to smack director Todd Rohal for adding in low brow fart and poop humor. Yes I understand it would be in the situation that occurs in the film, but only up to a point, I don't think we needed to have the kid farting along to Candy Man or some of the gross shots. I'm not against that sort of humor, I'm just against it when it works against what I would think is the point of the film, which is the ending. To me the ending is completely undercut by the farts. Frankly once we got the fart along I disconnected from the film.
Do the farts make this a bad film? No, but it takes a truly great film and just makes it a merely good or okay one. On the other hand the performance by Eddie Rouse is one for the ages and good enough that I'm actually looking forward to seeing the film again if only to take acting lessons from an unheralded master actor.