Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
Today’s review is a little different than my normal ones. Not only is the film a short (only 19 minutes long) but also, it’s not currently available for everyone to watch. Lunch Ladies just premiered at the HollyShorts Film Festival and I couldn’t be happier to be one of the first to get the chance to watch it! Clarissa Jacobson wrote two wonderfully twisted main characters that were brought to life by Donna Pieroni (Seretta) and Mary Manofsky (LouAnne). The short was directed by J.M. Logan, who worked on projects like Kidnap, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, and The Dentist.
As you know, when I watch a movie, I am looking for True Fear, however, that’s not what I was looking for in this movie. Lunch Ladies is a dark comedy that brings the cheese in the best way. Honestly, I walked into this wanting to watch something funny and bloody that could carefully walk the line between cheesy and cringy. Nailed it!
Here you have two lunch ladies, Seretta and LouAnne, who are clearly overdue for a vacation from the horrid children they serve every day. Their main drive in life is their all-consuming love for Johnny Depp. After winning a chance to see the “Depper” himself, they realize that they must keep their crummy job so they can buy plane tickets to go see him and, fingers crossed, become his personal chefs! However, before they can go, a mishap with a bitchy student in the bathroom leaves them with a dead body on their hands and a wonderful idea for tomorrow’s special lunch!
Filmed in an actual school, a catholic school at that, this weirdly whimsical film blurs the lines between good and evil as you find yourself rooting for the killers. My favorite part was seeing their poster of Johnny Depp in the cafeteria. It looked as if there was a light glare on his mouth but it was actually worn down from where the ladies kiss it every day. Oh, Seretta and LouAnne, we have so much in common!
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