Ben Rood, Jackson Hollstegge (executive), Melissa Hollstegge (executive) for Bridgewater Entertainment, Roundhouse Flicks
directed by Ben Rood
starring Shawn Knox, Andy J. Carlson, Annalese Poorman, Sé Marie, Grant Kennedy Lewis, Grant Brooks, Jeremy Farley, Steven Strafford, Chaney Morrow, Angela Coburn, Jack Rashidan, Ben Rood, Nick Elliott, Cameron Hollstegge, TJ Turner, Frank Steele, Kyle Pasqualone, Caleb Campbell, Raymond Kozlowski
written by Ben Rood, music by Steven Shewbrooks
is Ryan (Shawn Knox) and Chad's (Andy J. Carlson) 10 year high
school reunion, and to be quite honest, they haven't really made a
name of themselves yet, working as movers for Kurt's (Steven
Strafford) moving company. Still they want to go to the reunion,
to maybe re-stoke the fire with some old flames and the like ...
and then they are tasked with moving fresh divorcée Meredith's
(Annalese Poorman) belongings from her mansion to her new place.
Now on paper this reads like a quick and easy job, just 30 boxes
and a bed - but these jobs are never just that, quick and easy, as
customers always add stuff after having signed the papers, and in
Meredith's case its just a few more beds, heavy furniture,
probably the quadruple number of boxes, and the content of two
garages - oh, and of course her children's stuff, young John (Jack
Rashidan), teenaged serial masturbator Denny (Chaney Morrow) and
lovely Susan (Sé Marie), and on top of that they're burdened with
inexperienced newbie Kip (Grant Kennedy Lewis), who to make matters worse
gets one of his legs crushed on the job. Ryan and Chad call for
re-inforcements (Grant Brooks, Jeremy Farley), but that only makes matters
worse, and it doesn't help that they have many unresolved issues - with
themselves and with one another. And that's even before they find out the
house Meredith and family are moving into is way too small for all the
stuff they're hauling, and is infected by bedbugs ...
Frankly, the outline for Movers Ultimate didn't read
very promising, as films like this more often than not turn out to be
moronic buddy comedies that one might enjoy drunk - but despise sober.
However, this film is of a different build, as while it still has its fair
share of rather puerile jokes that really come with the topic, it's more
character-centered, and allows its central characters both depth and
growth. Furthermore it uses its premise not just as a springboard for
jokes but adds drama to the proceedings - but without taking too much from
the comedy, just giving it some heart. And thanks to a solid cast that's
versed in more than just delivering a punchline, this all comes together
quite beautifully, making this a really entertaining watch.