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The Doorman

Starring Lucas Akoskin, Matthew Mabe, Peter Bogdanovich, Thom Filiica, Denise Qunones, Amy Sacco
Screenplay by Lucas Akoskin and Wayne Price
Directed by Wayne Price

IN SHORT: pass. [Not Rated. 76 minutes]

By way of introduction, yours Cranky has lived a very blessed life. In a first career in the rock and roll radio biz, I got to hang out with and party with [name any famous rocker 1979-1986]. As a film reviewer I get to hang out with [name it again, only a movie star this time] and, true, it's a real kick when an Oscar winning actor recognized me from a time way before he won the statue.

But I never lose sight of the fact that, as cool as it all is, none of these folks are friends. Nor will they be, even with the furthest stretch of the imagination. It goes with the business and keeping that fact straight keeps one "normal," so to speak.

So here we have The Doorman, in which the title character stands watch over a tres chic Manhattan nitery called The Club (sic). The kind where you'd better be a close to "10" female, or on the guest list, to get in. It is a position of perceived power; of self-importance that can becomedownright annoying, all of which is found in Wayne Price's film. Meet Trevor W. (Lucas Akoskin), who knows all the famous people "and they know me," a man with an accent so thick you could drown in it. Trevor has aspirations of being  a star actor or star model or star something -- as long as the appellation "star" goes with it. This is the story of his peak and fall from the heights of almost hanger-on-dom, for turning an A-list movie star away from the Club's door.

Blame Christopher Guest for the mockmentary model that The Doorman imitates. Sometimes the film has some very funny moments. Most of the time it spends trying to manufacture those moments and, at a compact 89 minutes, saves the best gags for the final minutes after the steam has run out of the plot engine.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to The Doorman , he would have paid . . .



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