Free Lunch (2005)

  |  Short, Drama


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Two pranksters grab a handful of business cards from a coffee shop's raffle for a "free lunch." Dealing them up like playing cards, they proceed to terrorize the cardholders, which include ... See full summary »


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27 August 2005 | mgmadeinchina
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| innocence turns into sadistic fun
Viewed in Harrisburg at the Artsfest Film Festival. Free Lunch begins with a seemingly kind act performed by a benign pedestrian. The remaining portion of the film, however, unfolds from innocence to darkness as the same pedestrian and his friend begin a savage game of "lunch roulette," except they're pointing the gun at a business community interested in only a random free lunch obtained by dropping their cards in a fishbowl at a local diner. It is here where the film makes its inciting incident by having the characters steal the lunch cards and randomly choose their victims.

The characters in the film thread into one another's lives like a fine spun web until the main characters meet in the basement of a supposed drug dealer's home. It is here that the film takes on original characteristics of Pulp Fiction, with innocent fun turned into facilitated beatings. I'll say no more as to not spoil the pleasurable viewing, but know ahead of time that this wonderful film was shot on 35mm, carefully planned, cared for by someone who obviously loves what he/she does, edited well, and follows through to the end with a simultaneous soft and disgusting commentary on human nature and fun intentions gone awry. The only minor downfall was the music overlapping with scenes where I preferred to watch rather than listen. See this film!

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$125,000 (estimated)

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