Charlie’s Bag (2014) – By Misty Layne

Charlie’s Bag is a short film depicting a mystery involving two men, a bag full of money, an Anna Nicole Smith blow up doll, a gardener and a guy named Serge. While the plot is fun, the movie itself is a bit lackluster, slow moving and uses the same jokes repeatedly to ad nauseum. Brought to us by the same people who did A Cup of Coffee, which I loved, Charlie’s Bag left me feeling a bit cold.

Our film starts with two men arriving at work, complaining about their mornings and trivial stuff, when one of the men tells the other that he needs to speak to him in private. During their private conversation, he tells the other about a mysterious duffel bag that he found in his shed with a lot of money, the aforementioned Anna Nicole doll and a strange note. He believes it belongs to his gardener, Charlie, but isn’t sure what to do. What follows is a slow moving plot wherein the man is contacted several times by the mysterious Charlie while his friend simply states over and over again how much he wants that Anna Nicole doll. Does Charlie get his duffel back? Does the man steal the money and run? Does the other guy get the doll? Unfortunately, the film leaves us not really caring what happens to whom.

While the cinematography here was fine and fairly straightforward, I had issues with the dialogue. Parts of it were clunky, parts were overused (the aforementioned Anna Nicole doll jokes) and some of the comedic bits didn’t actually come across as funny. The guy playing the man who found the duffel bag seemed uncomfortable on screen for some reason and uncomfortable with some of his lines which added to the lack of excitement on my part. The other actor was fine but his character was so annoying and childish that I wanted to throttle him and I’m not sure if that was supposed to be my reaction or not.

Again, I loved ThinkBreatheLive’s other offering A Cup of Coffee, so I’m not sure what went wrong with Charlie’s Bag. It’s obvious they tried but unfortunately things just fell flat.

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