It’s really a cute idea. You know, those personalized coupon books. My kid gave one to my wife for Mother’s Day with redeemable promises to clean her bedroom, make pancakes, and give backrubs. We, as adults, can even carry on that tradition in Laura Seay and Micah Cohen’s comedy short, The Coupon.
For his birthday, Wendy (Laura Seay) gives her husband, Terrance (Micah Cohen), a coupon book for little household chores like a homecooked meal, cleaning his mancave, and a b*** j** at any time. It’s all standard stuff for married couples. The following day, Terrance is backing his car out for work and accidentally hits a pedestrian, Phillip (Adam J. Harrington).
“…coupon book for little household chores like a homecooked meal, cleaning his mancave, and a b*** j**…”
Seeing that Phillip is severely injured, Terrance begs him not to sue and offers to give him all his cash. Phillip accepts the money and insists on taking Wendy’s b*** j** coupon. The rest of the story plays out to uncomfortable yet hilarious results.
The Coupon is what I like to see in comedy short films. Take an absurd idea and play it deadly seriously. As filmmakers and leads, Laura Seay and Micah Cohen never wink at the camera, speak in a comedic tone, nor come across as an SNL sketch. Instead, they merely present a cringe proposition and play it out to its logical extreme. As the director, Seay has excellent command over cinematic storytelling and maintains the proper emotional tones from start to finish. Her supporting cast is amazing, especially the creepy Adam J. Harrington. The film is a solid outing for Seay and Cohen.
For more information about The Coupon, visit Laura Seay’s official website.
"…excellent command over cinematic storytelling and maintains the proper emotional tones..."