Title: Date Night

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Year: 2011

Genre: Short / Comedy / Thriller / Romance

Language: English

Runtime: 15 min

Director: Jason Fragale

Writer: Jason Fragale

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981624/

A woman's lonely night in front of the TV turns into a romantic date with a mysterious stranger. The night is filled with passion and joy, but what follows the next day is anything but.

Our thoughts:
There were no expectations upon watching this. I hadn't heard of it before and I certainly didn't know of Jason Fragale before he contacted me either. I suspected something in the lines of horror, of course. But what surprised me the most that 9 minutes into it there were still no signs of horror! Hell no, this played out more like a cheesy commercial for a dating website, filled with happiness and unsuspected love.

It's about a girl who is sitting at home, watching TV by herself, and then all of the sudden a stunning man is in her home. He tells her she's beautiful and that she loves him. After some confusion she decides to just go for it, so she fixes herself up in the bathroom. They have the perfect night of passion. I was actually laughing because the romance was so damn cheesy and unnaturally perfect. Since I hadn't looked it up beforehand or heard about it before, I just didn't know if maybe Jason Fragale didn't know what kind of website I was running. Of course, a part of me did expect it to take a dark turn, but not knowing and playing around with the idea of it really just being a romance short was a lot of fun.

The movie does take that dark turn, while it might not be amazing it's still pretty effective. A lot of short films go with having twists to make it work and in this one it really did work. In the end it actually comes off as a sort of message that things that seem perfect are usually too good to be true. It's nothing groundbreaking but the charming acting by Erin Cline, the overall well-made production, and the black comedy makes this a very entertaining short film that shows a lot of promise.

Positive things:
- Erin Cline was great, and cute!
- Great production values on a shoe-string budget.
- The black comedy gave it that extra little touch it needed.
Negative things:
- Lacks some originality.

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 2.5/5

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