a/s/l: A Tale of Online Dating (2007) – By Brian Morton

 Online dating is one of those things that completely confuse me. Perhaps I’m too old to understand, but I definitely understand the downside. And, if I didn’t, then Anthony Spadaccini’s short film, a/s/l: a tale of online dating, would give me all the info I believe I need.

The tale here is a cautionary one, the story of two less than perfect people who are online dating, as they chat with each other, they imagine what a real-life meeting would be like and, as the man looks into his future, he already has commitment anxiety! This is a funny little movie about online romance and imagination. Both stars are perfectly cast, Barbara Lessin is great as the woman, but it’s really Jay Cusack as the geeky guy who sells the movie. As in real life, it seems that online dating is territory is more comfortable to women than men!

a/s/l: A Tale of Online Dating is a great little movie that will have you laughing, and maybe rethinking that online dating service subscription! You can check it out for yourself by heading over to the Fleet Street Films YouTube page, it’s a fun little short that will make you laugh, I promise! I’m giving a/s/l: a tale of online dating four out of four cigars, because it made me very thankful that I’m married and won’t have to ever deal with this style of romance for myself! So, until next time, when I’ll be using my computer for ‘other’ purposes, remember that the best movies are bad movies.