You never know what you can do on a small film budget if you have the right premise, a determined director and a willing cast. That’s the case for From Hollywood to Rose a comedy about a life experience that goes from bad to worse. The film leaves it up to the viewer to decide if the outcome ever rises to break even. If you like quirky and weird with a little kooky thrown in for good measure, the movie airs on VOD February 6.
The film opens in the late evening with a middle-aged women (Eve Annenberg) dressed in a wedding gown (we’ll call her the Bride) getting on a bus in Hollywood (the one in California). The very white gown makes it easy to see she has been crying with her black mascara crowding her eyes giving it away. Switch to two men in their twenties who are placing bets on whether Nun waiting on a corner at a bus stop is a hooker or a possible thief. The men end up on the same bus as the Bride.
As the Bride gets on the bus it’s obvious to the passengers that something has gone wrong. From that point on we are treated to a bread loaf of life from ordinary passengers to the odd and some that are even precarious. Directors Liz Graham and Matt Jacobs cram in a lot of fun characters as they movie their bus along Hollywood Blvd. Using the strange site of a fully gowned Bride as their main protagonist, you can imagine the conversations and the outcome of the ride.
While budget is important these days to be able to play a movie in local theaters, actually this one finds a better home on VOD. Better seen in the comfort of your home, the cinematography does not play a big part in the production. Actually the HD digital provides a better feel for the nighttime show that needs no special staging, lighting and special effects.
If you just want to laugh a little and see what Hollywood Boulevard has to offer in the wee hours of the morning, then this flick should work for you. It should provide even more laughs to the people who live in Tinsel Town as it’s their backyard and they may have seen or have been part of the “parade”.
From Hollywood to Rose has not been rated by the MPAA, but a PG rating would probably fit the bill. There is one scene with a scary person on the bus and the bus driver takes off his shirt and pants and runs around in his underwear. The film is being released February 6th on Cable and Digital VOD; including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, in Demand, Dish and more.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Only if you like Kooky and Crazy. (3 out of 5 Stars)
Cast: Eve Annenberg, Bradley J. Herman, Maxx Maulion, Nija Okoro, Isadora O’Boto, Krzysztof Soszynski, Linda Bisesti and Chia Chen.
Director: Liz Graham and Matt Jacobs
MPAA Rating: Not Rated,
Running Time: 1 hr. 24 min.
VOD Release Date: February 6, 2018
Distributed by: Random Media