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Things to Do (DVD Review)

29 Apr, 2007 By: John Latchem

Things to Do

Street 5/8/07

$24.98 DVD
Not rated.
Stars Michael Stasko, Daniel Wilson, Amy Ballantyne.

Things to Do, a sharp and funny indie comedy out of Canada, was partially inspired by the life of its director, Theodore Bezaire, according to several statements made during the commentary and behind-the-scenes featurette. He felt his job was detracting from his career ambition as a filmmaker, so he quit and eventually made this film, casting it with his friends and their acquaintances. The canon is better for it.

Life is too short to regret the paths not taken. That's why 25-year-old Adam (co-writer Stasko) quits his big-city job sitting in a cubicle and moves back to his small town to enjoy one last perfect summer before surrendering to the responsibilities of adulthood.

To assuage his ennui, Adam crafts a list of things he always wanted to do but missed out on. He enlists the help of Mac (Wilson), an eccentric high-school chum who clearly does not think on the same wavelength as normal human beings.

Each item on the list serves as the grounds for sublimely silly situations, especially when Mac finds such simple pleasures in the most mundane of items.

Adam's desire to build a soapbox, for example, sparks a rivalry with some local enthusiasts. And his desire for vengeance against a high-school bully ends quickly when he finds his rival in a wheelchair and married to a blind charity worker.

As he works through his quarter-life crisis, Adam thinks back to his job, and a particular co-worker who really helped Adam put his life in perspective.

Things to Do is not as over-the-top as Clerks or Office Space, but fits nicely into the same milieu.

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