Review by Mark Schwab
It's very easy to take some things for granted. Things like little girls play with dolls and little boys play with toy trucks. That's what's "normal" right? Well in Paul B. Baker's lovely short film ANDIE, that notion is put to a gentle test with our lead little boy (a perfectly cast Mason Davis) finding joy in playing with a Barbie doll. Although little Andie's mom is concerned by this, she is not openly hostile. She loves her son but part of her just wishes he was, you know...normal.
Writer and Director Baker handles this subject beautifully in the 7 min. 25 sec. runtime. The structure of following Andie through a day at school is all we need for our minds to open up. The cast is mostly made up of small kids and they all act well here (there is a particularly good "bullying scene" that avoids cliches and zeros in on the heartstrings). Paul Baker deserves a lot of credit for getting good performances out of them - it shows a sure and patient hand. Production values are also top notch with lilting cinematography and music. ANDIE never gets preachy or celebrates victimhood - sticking instead to a simple but powerful message of dignity and being true to oneself. Check it out above and enjoy some good solid short filmmaking.