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This low-key comedy, shot on digital video by local writer-director Richard LaPorta, never really taps into the existential angst that supposedly afflicts its young hero, but its oddball humor and winning performances offer a pleasant diversion. Robert LaPorta (the director's brother) plays an aspiring young architect who can't bring himself to go to work on the day of his first big presentation because he's knuckled under to his boss and reduced an imaginative restaurant design to functional hackwork. As he smokes and frets, frets and smokes, his unseen upstairs neighbor tortures him with obnoxiously loud music, precipitating a series of violent confrontations in the architect's imagination. LaPorta is quite funny as the brooding man, but the video never recovers from the disappearance of Alexa Fischer as his wife; their lively banter in the early scenes is a serendipitous delight. 102 min.

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