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Chicago director Doug Lussenhop optimistically describes this short digital-video feature as a comedy, but there aren't many laughs, unless you're likely to be in stitches over the idea of a shipping clerk offering his coworker a slice of pizza after all the toppings have been eaten. It's interesting as a portrait of slackers so slack they barely know how to waste time, near zombies stumbling through life with little intelligence or purpose; the clerk gets involved with a guy who deals homemade drugs, his speech so slurred it's almost incomprehensible. Lussenhop worked without a script, improvising from scene to scene, and the episodic results lack incisiveness. But the handheld camera and choppy editing often energize the lethargic characters, throwing the viewer off balance at just the right moment. 72 min.

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