EXEC PRODS Mike Clattenburg, Barrie Dunn, Michael Volpe
PROD Mike Clattenburg
SCR Mike Clattenburg, Mike O'Neill
CAM Jeremy Benning
ED Dean Soltys
PROD DES William Fleming
PROD CO Topsail Entertainment / Trailer Park Productions
By turns hilarious and heartwarming, Mike Clattenburg’s film tells the story of four working-class stiffs. Employees of a furniture and moving company run by the unscrupulous Wilf (Victor Garber), this motley crew perform hard work for little money. A.J. is the moving truck foreman, a slick-talking ladies’ man with a drinking problem and somewhat dubious morals. Dennis is a wannabe rocker, biding his time as a mover while he waits for success to happen. Gabrielle Miller shines as an ambitious employee who wonders what the real cost of getting ahead might be. And Clyde (Will Sasso), our hero, is a put-upon father with dreams of something bigger.
Each is unhappy with his lot in life, and their ribald humour seems like a coping mechanism as much anything else. The characters are perfectly drawn and the dialogue is full of zingers. There’s some sadness here, but not enough to compromise the easygoing vibe. Clyde’s plight will be familiar to anyone who has struggled with the inertia and financial desperation of having a lousy job—which is to say, many of us. He’s a gentle man, not too bright but with an unshakable decency. There are better things in store for him if he wants them and, as is so often the case in life and the movies, a life crisis can be a blessing in disguise.