Sundance: Expired Movie Review

Expired

“Mom, what do you think is better? Something or Nothing when you don’t have everything?”

Clare is one of the most hated people in the world, but not really by choice. She is a meter maid. Her job requires her to write tickets for expired parking meters. It’s not that she wants to, it’s just a job to pay the bills. Claire is good spirited, quiet and uncomfortably awkward (think Chloe from 24). When another traffic officer named Jay starts showing her attention, a troubled and quirky relationship is born. But Jay is the complete opposite of Claire, a typical ticket-happy asshole cop on a power trip.

Although this sounds like a drama, it barely touches those waters. Instead it’s a wonderfully dark quirky comedy. It has the comedy and weirdness of Me, You, and Everyone We Know and the social awkwardness of Napoleon Dynamite but with slightly darker overtones. Samantha Morton is remarkably perfect as Claire. The film’s finale will probably disappoint most, but that’s just a minor complaint.

Cecilia Miniucchi’s unique and subtle humor give the opposites attract relationship genre a fresh new spin.

/Film Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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Peter Sciretta is a film geek and popcultured fanboy living in Los Angeles. He created /Film in 2005.