THE BREAK UP
Review by Mark Schwab
In 2013, there was controversy about the fate of the Sacramento Kings being able to stay in Sacramento. It was the second time since 2011 when the team almost left, requiring a vote by the Board of Governors to save it. Which, for writer/producer Joyce Bezazian and director Sean Stueve, was probably very welcome news.
The Kings' Sacramento fate seems to have been the emotional inspiration for their 10 minute short film The Break Up, a love letter to Kings fandom. Marc Gardner and Nicole Cleveland star as couple Bobby and Donna and they make an attractive pair. Problem is Bobby has made being a fan of the Kings a much higher priority than Donna. In fact, it's a much higher priority than everything, including his potential career. Bobby is obsessed and Donna has had enough.
The Break Up is certainly a good-natured little film. It is free of cynicism and its unabashed love for the Sacramento Kings will bring a smile to their home fans I'm sure. It looks like the filmmakers had plenty of local support with an impressive amount of extras and production elements for a short film.
What kept it from being a slam dunk for me was the cast and tone. Gardner as Bobby looks the part and his infectious enthusiasm comes through but I had trouble believing his chemistry with Cleveland as Donna. Either there wasn't enough runtime to establish them as a couple or it was rushed through to focus on the comic fandom antics of Bobby as he fears his beloved team leaving town.
Which brings me to the tone of the film. I think this was all meant in fun with the dialogue being intentionally goofy and over the top at times, but if this was actually supposed to examine and comment on what being a basketball fan does to a relationship then it came up short for me. I'm not 100% sure if the filmmakers were serious about this or had their tongue firmly in their cheeks.
However, being only 10 minutes and a painless 10 minutes at that, I think it's worth it to click on the link to their website here and decide for yourself. Especially if you're a sports fan.
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