Short films matter. Vimeo wants you to know it. So do we. That’s why every week we’ll take a look at some of the short film world’s best and brightest. This week, we bring you Jeffrey Fleisig’s ‘pick up truck’ romance Love And A LugWrench.
The Plot: Pete has a plan to win Allison’s love once and for all. That’s bad news for everyone else in his life.
The Film: True love is hard to find. It’s even harder to keep. Love And A Lug Wrench is a hilarious tale about the lengths one man will go to keep it.
Why Press Play?
Not many films can be romantic while being deeply disturbing. Jeffrey Fleisig’s Love And A Lug Wrench is both. And it’s funny as hell too. The entire film takes place in the cabin of a pick up truck. It opens with said truck’s shocks squeaking. It ends the same way. The moments between are centered around a heart to heart conversation for the ages.
That conversation occurs between Pete (Ben Wilson) and Allison (Abby Miller). They’re both cheating on their spouses. But Pete wants to give up everything and run off with the woman he loves. That’s Allison, by the way. Allison seems to want the same. Lucky for them both, Pete has a plan to make that happen. Turns out he’s already set his plan in motion. The less I say about Pete’s scheme the better. ‘Cause every single joke in the film is centered around his execution of it. Brian Groh’s wickedly comic screenplay escalates those jokes with increasingly cheeky wit.
Escalation is the name of the game throughout Love And A Lug Wrench. Much of the film plays like a study in comedic pacing. As Pete runs through the depravity of his plan, Fleisig and Editor David W. Mester keep things moving at a steady clip. But they never rush the action. Every joke arrives with immaculate timing. Every moment breathes with a delightfully campy edginess. And every reaction is played for maximum effect.
Make no mistake, comedic acting is all about reaction. By that standard, Wilson and Miller are what make the jokes throughout Love And A Lug Wrench work. With every sly glance, crooked smile and crazed expression, Wilson and Miller ooze a farcical energy absent from most comedies (long form or short). Every giddy moment is underscored to perfection by Bang NY’s frivolously romantic original music. And somehow Jeffrey Fleisig pools all of those elements into one really funny, deeply disturbing film that is also romantic as hell. Check it out for yourself.
Meet The Crew:
Directed by: Jeffrey Fleisig Written by: Brian Groh Starring: Abby Miller & Ben Wilson Director of Photography: Christophe Lanzenberg Music by: Bang NY Edited by: David W. Mester
I hope you enjoy Love and A Lug Wrench! Jeffrey Fleisig’s film has been making festival audiences laugh for a while now. His film is one of the few comedies I’ve seen of late that earns every chuckle and belly roll. We can only hope that Fleisig will get the chance to bring his cheeky sense of humor to a feature project in the near future. ‘Cause film comedy is in dire need of some new perspective. While we’re waiting for the director’s followup, you can check out some of his previous work over at his Vimeo page. And while you’re kicking about, be sure to check out a few of the thousands of other short films – animated, live action and documentary – the Vimeo team have made available for your viewing pleasure (via desktop or mobile device – SWEET!). You’re sure to find something interesting and you may just stumble across the next great filmmaker.