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By Alan Ng | January 23, 2020

You’re at a party looking for some fun. Downing a few beers with your buds, loosening up your inhibitions, and meeting someone new…meeting the one. That’s what happens to Paul (Patrick Webb) in Reynaldo Dumas’ short film, Smitten.

Smitten is only two-minutes long, which will make this review short and sweet. Just as Paul finishes his current beer, he needs another. Glancing across the deck, he spies the last beer in the ice chest. Just as he grabs the cold can, the hand of Josie (Heather Chrisler) grabs it as well. Cue the romantic music…

“Just as Paul finishes his current beer, he needs another.”

Dumas’ Smitten is basically a comedy sketch. What I like is his courage to keep the short to two minutes and getting right to the point. He brilliantly sets up the jokes of two lovers meeting one another for the first time and then swept away in emotion. Then comes his twist and the payoff, which leads to a solid ending to credits. The joke is simple and you don’t see the punchline coming until the end.

Smitten (2020)

Directed and Written: Reynaldo Dumas

Starring: Patrick Webb, Heather Chrisler, etc.

Movie score: 8/10

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"…two minutes and getting right to the point."

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