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By Alan Ng | April 25, 2023

An IT professional misses an opportunity of a lifetime in Ron Placone’s comedy short, Loner. Deep into the pandemic, Jordan (Ron Placone) is stuck working at home in his apartment and attending inane Vroom meetings. On this occasion, one of the managers is having trouble with the current interface, and Jordan’s manager is insistent that he solve her problem as soon as possible.

Needing to clear his head, Jordan takes up journaling and reveals that he had the opportunity to invest early in Vroom but passed it up. So now Jordan is looking to discover that next big “Vroom opportunity.”

“…stuck working at home in his apartment and attending inane Vroom meetings.”

Loner perfectly captures that feeling of losing out on missed opportunities, and it places a dark cloud over our day-to-day living. Placone wisely opens with his protagonist present day and stuck at his go-nowhere job. His frustration comes to a head having to deal with a passive-aggressive (yet probably innocent) manager who needs Jordan to fix her problem… and tattles to his boss for faster results.

Ron Placone’s Loner finds its comedy by tapping into our psyche by way of Jordan’s state of mind. So we’re right there with him as he desperately tries to resurrect old ideas that can pull him out of the hell that is his life. I’m not saying I’ve been in Jordan’s shoes at one point or another, but I have, and all I can do is laugh.

Loner (2023)

Directed and Written: Ron Placone

Starring: Ron Placone, etc.

Movie score: 7/10

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"…finds its comedy by tapping into our psyche by way of Jordan's state of mind."

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