- Joe 2018
Shara Ashley Zeiger for The Platform Group
directed by Kaye Tuckerman
starring Bethany Nicole Taylor, Sean MacLaughlin, Shara Ashley Zeiger, Amanda Bruton, Amanda Damron, J.J. Phillips, Eve Austin, Jim O'Hare, Michael Huntsman, Kelly Kozakevich, Vin Scialla
written by Shara Ashley Zeiger, music by Leeran Raphaely
After being fired from her corporate job, Jillian (Bethany Nicole
Taylor) accepts the position of a barista in a run-down coffee shop to
keep her head above water - and her boss (Amanda Bruton) makes every
effort in the world to make her feel less than welcome even there. Then
though, Jillian meets the man of her dreams, Joe (Sean MacLaughlin), who's
good-looking, has a good job, is funny, intelligent, has a romantic side
to him, and he's more than a bit fond of Jillian, who he sees as a person
much more genuine and honest than anybody he's met in corporate America.
Now of course she falls for him, and their fledging relationship hits high
after high, really - but there's one thing: She doesn't dare to tell him
she's nothing more than a little barista ...
Shara Ashley Zeiger, writer
and producer of this movie, also appears in front of the camera as
Jillian's witty co-barista.
Now romantic comedies are not
everyone's thing, and they're surely not mine - but this one gets it
right, as it simmers the romance down to its essentials and enriches the
basic concept with just the right amount to not tire the subject out. And
also thanks to a very laid back directorial effort and a solid cast, this
actually works out quite beautifully. So no matter whether or not you like
romantic comedies, you might want to give this one a watch.