Break a Leg

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  • R
  • 2005
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 5.1  (307)

Break a Leg is a dark comedy film released in 2005, directed by Monika Mitchell and starring John Cassini, Carol Mansell, and Frank Cassini. The movie revolves around the lives of a struggling theater director and his dysfunctional cast and crew as they attempt to put on a play amidst various setbacks and obstacles. At the beginning of the movie, we are introduced to Billy (played by John Cassini), a theater director who is struggling to put on a production of "The Life and Death of King John" with a limited budget and a cast of quirky and inexperienced actors. Billy is constantly dealing with various problems, from funding issues to the sudden departure of his lead actor, and he desperately needs a break to make the production a success.

The rest of the cast includes Carol (Carol Mansell), the eccentric costume designer who has a habit of taking over rehearsals, and Frank (Frank Cassini), Billy's brother and the understudy for the lead role. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast includes a wide range of oddball characters, from a paranoid lighting technician to a hopelessly inept assistant director.

As the play enters its final week of rehearsals, tensions begin to rise amongst the cast and crew, and it becomes clear that Billy will do anything to make sure the show goes on, even if it means resorting to some underhanded tactics. The play is finally set to debut, but will the production be a success or will it crash and burn?

The film relies heavily on the cringe-worthy style of humor and the absurdities of the world of theater. The characters are exaggerated, and their quirks and idiosyncrasies are played for laughs throughout the movie. The film is a satirical look at the theater world and the stresses and pressures that come with putting on a production.

The acting in the film is strong, and John Cassini in particular delivers a great performance as Billy, the beleaguered theater director who is constantly on the brink of a breakdown. The ensemble cast does a great job of bringing the eclectic cast of characters to life, and there are plenty of laughs to be had throughout the film.

In terms of cinematography, the movie is relatively simple, with most of the action taking place on the theater stage or in the cramped backstage areas. However, the use of lighting is effective, and the way it captures the intensity and chaos of the final production is impressive.

The film's soundtrack is also noteworthy, featuring a mix of classic theater tunes and original songs composed specifically for the film. The songs help to set the tone for the movie and enhance the comedic moments, making it an enjoyable watch from start to finish.

Overall, Break a Leg is a fun and entertaining film that will appeal to anyone who has ever been involved in theater or appreciates dark comedies. The film may not be for everyone, as it does rely heavily on the nuances of the theater world and its exaggerated personalities. However, if you are looking for an offbeat comedy with a great cast, memorable characters, and plenty of laughs, then this movie is definitely worth checking out.

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    1 hr 38 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.1  (307)