8 June 2008 | Ddey65
"This place is a crazy." --Stoner Todd.
Five years before her outstanding performance in the movie that made her a star, Amy Adams was the star of a short film written by her brother that took a year to make and four years to have released. Little would've been known about it though, unless it had some exposure on the internet.
Charlotte Brown(Amy Adams) is single mother and a waitress at a diner apparently somewhere in downtown Los Angeles, and she's in trouble, and so is her daughter, unless she delivers a certain amount of money. Veteran character actor Ronnie Schell plays "Happy" Tinker, her boss. He has no idea what kind of mess Miss Brown and her daughter are in. Then again, neither do we. From the Latino busboy who keeps quoting Elvis Presley, to the old street bum, to the guy explaining the birds and the bees to his son, a pair of lesbians, some S.O.B. cowboys, and everybody in between, two burnouts make an observation about the events in the diner. What's so unusual though is not the colorful characters in this diner, but the fact that Amy doesn't play as one of them. Usually, she shines above the fray. Instead she's the most normal character in the movie.
As the first commentator said, the movie's ending is a surprise, but it helps to have never seen this before. It also introduced me to the music of Kidney Thieves. I'm usually ahead of most people when it comes to music. Either way, it's an intriguing item in the Amy Adams filmography collection.