Directed by: J.M. Logan
Written by: Clarissa Jacobson
REVIEW BY JEREMIAH ROSARIO
Lunch Ladies is the best short film I've seen all year, and easily one of the best to come across this site's team since Thirteenth Floor's inception. My cohort David Wronski seems to agree as well. His mouth watering impression:
"A hefty portion of Burton, with a side of John Waters, all smothered in Final Girls gravy. This is the best school lunch I’ve ever had."
Due in large part to its effortless blend of horror and humor (no mean feat), Clarissa Jacobson and Joshua M. Logan deliver a hysterically dark story that should resonate with anyone who's ever had the displeasure of digesting mystery meat, or experience the mania associated with extreme fandom.
Further, everything lands with an appreciable level of polish not often seen with small budget affairs. Lunch Ladies is a technically proficient short film that absolutely nails the basics of film production. Dialogue audio is clear and centered weighted with almost no wild variances to speak of; scene-to-scene, things are very consistent. The score is Elfman-esque, encapsulating much of the same whimsy and bombast as the renowned composer, giving Lunch Ladies a very familiar dark-fantasy spirit not unlike the kind found in a Tim Burton film.
Along those lines, the main characters themselves sport caricatured personalities, Donna Pieroni and Mary Manofsky as Seretta and LouAnne respectively, exhibit fantastic chemistry and play off each other's energy wonderfully. They're very much a twisted comedic take on the Thelma and Louis formula, augmented with motivations that make them a rather empathetic pair; you'll no doubt be rooting them on towards an admittedly improbable victory. Thankfully, regardless of the outcome, the journey is an absolute blast!
Join the Lunch Ladies on their quest for culinary glory at a festival near you, and be sure to stay tuned to Thirteenth Floor for any updates regarding VOD or physical releases.