Ken Gayton, Jason W. Schaver, Bethany Carol, Kevin Miller WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Ken Gayton & Jason Schaver MPAA RATING
NR RUNNING TIME
80 Mins. DISTRIBUTED BY
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"Wingmen Incorporated" the Latest Film from Gayton & Schaver
I must admit that I was a touch skeptical about this third film from the minds of Ken Gayton and Jason Schaver, two dudes who are producing low-budget and entertaining comedies with a boldness and freshness that you can't help but appreciate. Their first two films, The Truth About Average Guys and S.O.L., were both reviewed here on The Independent Critic and I couldn't help but feel like I'd gotten the inside scoop on a couple of up-and-coming filmmakers.
Wingmen Incorporated continues their tradition of taking what seems like a fairly fundamental topic and turning it into a film that makes you laugh while saying quite a few of the things you've always wanted to say yourself. In the film, Justin (Ken Gayton) gets ditched at the altar and begins to lose hope about his prospects for love. When he tries to keep himself off the market, he finds that his romantic woes are also having a detrimental effect on those of his buddies including best pal Stevenson (Jason Schaver). The two end up starting a company that teaches desperate men how to pick up women.
In case you're wondering, this ain't no Frank Mackey.
Wingmen Incorporated is a laid back and fun film with hints of romance and touches of genuine emotion when Justin starts dating Nora (Bethany Carol) until a pretty major obstacle comes along.
If this all sounds fairly formulaic, well it actually is fairly formulaic. It's also entertaining, fun and contains quite a bit of that improvisational spirit that seems to always find itself in films from Gayton and Schaver. The two real-life friends have an obvious chemistry that helps the movie along, while the supporting players here, especially Bethany Carol, give the film a terrific energy.
D.P. Andrew K. Smith's lensing is light and warm, while the film also features a delightful soundtrack that helps to move the action along quite nicely. Gayton and Schaver's script is filled with both one-liners and quite a few pop culture references that will give you more than a few chuckles along the way with nods to Star Wars, Swingers, Top Gun, Big Daddy, Black Swan and even Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
In a world where your average Hollywood film costs millions of dollars, it's more than a little refreshing to see how much entertainment can be had for a mere few thousand bucks. While there are moments in the film where you'll likely find yourself noticing the film's obvious tech limitations, for the most part you'll find yourself wishing Hollywood could manage to produce just as entertaining a film considering how much they spend.
Wingmen Incorporated is now available on DVD and for web streaming. Be sure to visit the film's website linked to in the credits for all the details. You'll get to check out a well done indie comedy and be supporting a couple of promising filmmakers and their rock solid cast and crew.
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