““Pizza Shop: The Movie” is a raunchy, off-color comedy that delves into the drama that goes on in a pizza delivery driver’s life. Whether it’s the battle that goes on inside the restaurant to be top dog, or dealing with a host of bizarre customers, life at Pizza Shop is never boring. If “Scary Movie” and “Waiting” had a lovechild, “Pizza Shop: The Movie” would be that glorious offspring. After sampling this twisted little slice of cinema, you just might have to think twice the next time you consider ordering up!” – (synopsis taken from the films Indiegogo campaign)
For many of us who have grown tired of Hollywood’s repetitive and unimaginative releases, independent film is where it’s at. There are so many great filmmakers out there making films because they love it and not because it’ll make millions and this can definitely be said for George O’Barts, who’s first feature Pizza Shop: The Movie has been a labour of love for the past three years.
Totally self-funded, Pizza Shop: The Movie is a relatively low budget production produced out of passion and a desire to tell a story; something that so many big budget, star studded films lack. Clearly a very personal project, O’Barts’ Indiegogo campaign for the film explains all about the inspiration for this film and why he was so willing to spend his life savings and three years working on it. It’s refreshing and admirable to see people passionate about what they’re doing really strive to make their dreams a reality and one can only hope that all the hard work pays off.
The film does suffer because of its budget, or lack thereof, but that’s to be expected. Ignoring the technical faults for just a moment, the story itself is actually pretty good. We’ve got a handful of characters we can all relate to who are each interesting in their own right and we have an actual storyline to follow rather than just a slow, meandering plot that doesn’t appear to know when to end, which is becoming sadly common! If the acting had a little more ‘oomph’, if the editing was slightly slicker and if the camera work was in focus and less shaky there is no reason at all why a film like this couldn’t get a commercial release.
It pains me to have to be so brutally honest when you can see how much hard work and love has been put into a project, having been there myself, putting blood sweat and tears into a film it never bodes well to hear it criticised but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I ignored the glaringly obvious faults. Pizza Shop: The Movie is amateurish with out of focus camerawork and shots that don’t look particularly well thought out. The acting is questionable, and often the actors can be seen stumbling over their lines, or finishing a line and then not knowing where to look. It has the potential, and if everything was just a bit slicker and less clumsy it could easily be a brilliant comedy along the lines of Employee of the Month and other similar films; there is a clear market out there for it.
Without dwelling on the negatives though, this film deserves to be seen and George O’Barts‘ hard work deserves recognition because with the right tools and a bigger budget it is obvious that he has the potential to be a great comedy director. While at times poorly delivered by the cast, the script is solid and the storyline is perfect comedy material. There’s much to admire when it comes to how this film was made and the effort and passion put into it, the comedy is daring and clever and at times incredibly crude (in a good way). There’s lots of talent to be discovered, even if the finished product of O’Barts’ first foray into the world of feature films isn’t a particularly outstanding one.