*Online Premiere* Comparing the lives of two species on earth, a monkey in Southeast Asia and an awkward man in Brooklyn, this satirical educational film narrated by a posh British man hilariously observes vast differences in the physical and societal order of each. The monkey walks on four legs and has a long tail that helps with balance. John wears a goatee to his step-sister’s wedding and now regrets it. Get the picture?
The conceit allows for plenty of amusing juxtapositions, but we also get a taste of a storyline between John and his roommate Sasha, whom he’s deeply in love with. She knows this, but has no interest (even though he offers her one of his quesadilla “thingies”). As John becomes more upfront about his crush, the embarrassing situations mount up, particularly when she gets involved with another man.
Actor John Magary (a talented filmmaker himself, The Mend) nails the strange social rhythms of an uncomfortable man, and writer/director Graham Mason makes wonderful use of the simple framework to astutely remark on the anxieties and peculiarities of human behavior. (12 minutes). Written and directed by Graham Mason. Starring John Magary and Shonali Bhowmik.