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The Sidekick (2013)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 18 July 2013 (USA)
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From director Michael J. Weithorn ("The King of Queens", A Little Help) and writer/star Rob Benedict ("Supernatural", Waiting...) comes the story of Max McCabe, career sidekick. In a world ... See full summary »

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Rob Benedict (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rob Benedict ... Max McCabe
Ron Livingston ... Captain Wonder
Lizzy Caplan ... Bailey
Martin Starr ... Blood Diamond
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ike Barinholtz ... Lightning Mike
Oliver Bell ... Bubble Gum Boy
Calvin Benedict Calvin Benedict ... Caped Boy
Michael Borja Michael Borja ... Super Club Patron
Chance Falcon ... Kid in office (as DJ Sauceda)
Brad Grunberg ... Thin Lizzy
Tom Ham Tom Ham ... Mo
David Lawson David Lawson ... Cat Man
Sam McMurray ... The Defuser
Josh Meyers ... Jimmy T
Stephen Norton Stephen Norton ... Super Club Patron
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From director Michael J. Weithorn ("The King of Queens", A Little Help) and writer/star Rob Benedict ("Supernatural", Waiting...) comes the story of Max McCabe, career sidekick. In a world populated by fairly unremarkable superheroes and supervillains (portrayed by an ensemble of comedic actors including Ron Livingston, Lizzy Caplan, Jordan Peele, Martin Starr, Jason Ritter, Sam McMurray, Ike Barinholtz, Josh Meyers, Laura Silverman and Fred Stoller), Max McCabe (Benedict) has thrived for years as right hand man to legendary superhero Captain Wonder (Livingston) - carrying his boss's golden lasso and yelling things like, "Look out!" and "Here, catch!" But when Max, now pushing 40, begins to grow lazy and indifferent in the performing of even these minor tasks, he is unceremoniously fired and cast adrift - quickly discovering that society has little demand for an aging ex-professional buddy. Too old to compete with the up-and-comers and totally lacking any tangible "real world" skills,... Written by Rob Benedict

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Meet Your #2

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Comeback See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Two Nad Productions See more »
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Color
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Film also stares two members of Rob Benedict's band Louden Swain, Stephen Norton and Michael Borja, as heroes in the queue for the club. See more »

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Immediately likable with a lingering feeling of goodness
9 February 2014 | by ceeingred13See all my reviews

Anyone who has seen Rob Benedict perform knows that he has a skill for portraying characters who are down on their luck that are easy to root for, but I was delighted to find that he could skillfully write them just as effectively. He also shows a talent for writing something that is instantly entertaining, but where other comedic films could be very forgettable after viewing, this one lingers in your brain.

Max, the titular sidekick is an impressive balance of ineptitude and skill, bravado and vulnerability, and is very, very funny to watch. All the actors involved in the film are to be commended for the immensely human quality that they bring to heightened reality that they occupy and the chemistry that they use to show us the relationships within the short period of time that we have with the characters.

If you see this playing in a festival near you, you must do yourself a favor and improve your day by watching it. And then see if you can watch it again. It appears simple enough at first glance, but you will enjoy the subtleties it uses throughout and how it chooses to show rather than tell us about these endlessly quotable characters.

I'm trying to think of a more clever way to say that it was the highlight of the short films I saw recently, but I'm not as good with catchphrases as Max McCabe. Just try to watch it.


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