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Chasing Kevin (2000)

A short mockumentary about an aspiring filmmaker's obsession with becoming the next Kevin Smith.

Directors:

Randy Appell (co-director), Scott S. Kramer (co-director) (as Scott Kramer)

Writers:

Randy Appell, Scott S. Kramer (as Scott Kramer)
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Credited cast:
Kevin Smith ... Himself
Jason Mewes ... Himself
Randy Appell Randy Appell ... Himself
Scott S. Kramer Scott S. Kramer ... Himself (as Scott Kramer)
John Werner John Werner ... Ed Lippman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bodet Michael Bodet ... Mental Patient
Russell Costanzo ... Banik
Jana Davidoff Jana Davidoff ... Joy (of Joy and Silent Barb)
Carey Reilly ... Secretary
Rob Ryan Rob Ryan ... Finnius
Bob Salem Bob Salem ... Dr. Salem
Dave Siegel Dave Siegel ... Quentin Tarrantino 'esque' Patient (as David Siegel)
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Scott Kramer is a young man who has been overly obsessed with filmmaker Smith, Kevin. This is a mockumentary about his fall to madness due to the real condition Chronic Obsessive Filmmaker Neurosis. Randy Appell, his best friend, narrates and tells how Scott wrote his script, "Employees" about their job at a shoe store, how they embarked on a mission with Randy to Red Bank, New Jersey to meet Smith and Mewes, Jason themselves, how Smith encouraged Kramer to make his independent film, and how afterwards Smith denied knowing him, turning Kramer into an insane stalker who was later confined to the "Filmmaker's Ward". Written by Bloggers!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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Chasing Kevin - a decade and more later
17 August 2001 | by DanielJosLearySee all my reviews

When I reviewed this short back in 2001 my review was very favorable; but, 13 years years later I don't think it holds up as well as I remembered. One thing you have to give this credit for is that it pre- dates YouTube culture by five or six years. Back then to make this kind of short, upload it, and get people to watch was a different thing than it is today. These kind of reference-specific parodies are all over the web nowadays but for the makers of 'Chasing Kevin' it was an admirable accomplishment and that alone makes it an interesting watch today.

The short itself is funny, both than and now, but now suffers from seemingly long stretches with no jokes and its being solely of interest to Kevin Smith fans. Back in 2001 I was a big fan of Smith so this short film hit all the right cords for me. But, most of the jokes in the first half require in depth recall of Smith's first three movies and it is definitely missing something otherwise.

In 2001 I compared it to George Lucas in Love (1999), but that short ages better because it is technically better looking and had a tight, meticulous script. Chasing Kevin has some good writing, but its faux- documentary style seems to feature some improving by actors (maybe these scenes were written, but don't feel like it) which causes it to stagnate in parts.

The part that holds up a little better is the second half of the short when the faux-doc format suddenly ends and it becomes a regular narrative. I remember thinking it was a clever and unique transition at the time and I still think so. In fact I never saw the same idea in a movie until District 9 (2009). The other people who were also obsessed with other 90s indie directors was a funny idea and I think it still says something about obsessive film students and fans today.


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