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The Barfbag Queen

‘The Callback Queen’ is so bad, it’s hard to believe

February 5, 2014, 12:00 am

Here are some things The Callback Queen thinks are funny: Gay sex; Irish-English hatred as fuel for sex; eastern Europeans in general. And here are some things The Callback Queen thinks it knows about: Hollywood productions; how easy it is to change a script in a Hollywood production; the kind of person who writes novels like The Prince of Chaos, which is an epic on the scale of Game of Thrones or the Harry Potter series or Twilight or even Braveheart.

For an excellent comedy on the ins and outs of Hollywood, casting, and gender roles, please see writer-director Lake Bell’s wonderful In a World… For absolute crap with cheesy camera work and a soundtrack that resembles the unfinished qualities of student film, stick with The Callback Queen.

If this were parody, that would be one thing. And hey, maybe it is, but it's so inept you'd never know it was parody. My God, this is a line in the movie: “Film should grab you by the balls. It should touch your heart when you least expect it and with blushing eyes should make you think, ‘Did that really just happen?’”

But it did happen. I saw The Callback Queen and lived. But you should avoid it, and its makers should be embarrassed.

Directed by Graham Cantwell
With Amy-Joyce Hastings, Mark Killeen, and Seán T. Ó Meallaigh
Jean Cocteau Cinema
87 min.


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