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Review: Ben’s At Home

May 15, 2015

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

Ben's At Home PosterMaybe it’s just that I have a soft spot for movies about film critics, or can admittedly somewhat relate to the title character, but I really enjoyed Ben’s At Home, a micro budget picture that offers big rewards.  After winning the award for Best Feature at the Canadian Film Fest, it’s opening at the Carlton Cinema this weekend.

After a bad break up, thirty year old Ben (Dan Abramovici) makes the decision to not leave the house again, spending his days reviewing movies and hanging out with various internet dates and anyone willing to come over.  But a cute grocery delivery girl (Jessica Embro) might just force him to rethink his plans, and pull him out of the house once and for all.

Director Mars Horodyski does a pretty remarkable job of keeping things interesting, helped along greatly by Dan Abramovici, who co-wrote the excellent screenplay with her and makes for an effortlessly charming lead.  Together they have crafted a film that is chalk full of delightful moments, and should make an easy transition to the web series that is already set to premiere later this year.

Making the most of the perfectly timed 70 minute running time, which manages to be compelling despite being pretty much confined to a single location, Ben’s At Home is a winning and incredibly likeable indie comedy, that succeeds thanks to a sharp script and naturalistic performances.  This is solid proof that you can make something completely entertaining, even with the simplest of resources.

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