›› 33 Teeth
a short film by Evan Roberts.
2011 | 8 mins | US.
starring: Spencer Siegel / Eddie, James Ratliff / Chad, Stephen Felix / Chad's Friend, Elizabeth Mason / Eddie's Mom and Kathy Mayes as Chad's Mom.
Official Synopsis: "Eddie is a hormonal 14-year-old boy living alone with his mother in the suburbs. He has a heightened fascination with the comb of his attractive older neighbour, Chad."
Two years before writer and director Evan Roberts charmed us with the deliciously comical sweet short that is Yeah Kowalski!, he made his directorial debut with this equally sweet tale of adolescent yearnings. In short, this is the story of a gay teen's blossoming sexuality as he becomes besotted with his older neighbour Chad, one that is heightened after he spies Chad in the bathroom measuring his manhood.
A short about length, in 33 Teeth.
Not that there's anything explicit to be had here, being produced and indeed filmed strictly in the best possible taste. Then again and with man-candy James Ratliff as the hunk-next-door, who can blame Eddie from obsessing about the size of Chad's manhood, even if both the man and his best friend are in need of the odd sexual diversity lesson, or two. Only and in a twist-in-the-tale styled ending, it's Chad who's in for a big surprise.
Nicely shot and staged, works of this nature showcase the beauty of the short film medium, both as a filmmaking learning curve and here cue the ever present limited budget / shooting time and fading light stress that go hand-in-hand with the industry, pressures that are rewarded with the pure joy of a self-contained story. Little else remains to be said, other than and as ever, see what you think.
Gay Visibility - overt.
Nudity - from the waist up.
Overall - file under ... 2+ stars.