Coffee Run (2011) – By Duane L. Martin

Things aren’t going all that well in Chris Qualm’s (Michael Legge) life. Over time, he’s become more and more agoraphobic. He’s not over the edge yet though, and his sister wants to make sure it doesn’t go that far, so she convinces him to see a psychiatrist that will come to his house and try to help him with a rather unique therapy. So the doctor comes over and it turns out that his therapy is really something different. He’s empathic, so he has a conversation with his patient and takes all of their fears and anxieties on himself, and then his assistant helps him through it after. So after a short conversation in which Chris tells the doctor that he doesn’t want to go outside because everyone out there is crazy, the doctor ends up on the floor a crying mess. But hey, at least Chris feels somewhat better. So much so in fact, that he manages to go out to the store to get himself some coffee. Well, that turned out to be a mistake. Oh he gets to the store all right, but once he gets his coffee and tries to leave, he ends up getting wrapped up in a bizzare series of events involving a mysterious package, spies, government agents, a guy who looks like a Hatian zombie, a scientist and his cyborg creations and more. As if that wasn’t crazy enough, his sister gets kidnapped, and the only way to get them to release her is to get the spies the package. Now if he could just remember what happened to it. Just what the hell’s in that package anyway that makes it so important? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.

I’ve been a fan of Michael Legge’s films for a while now, and this one is no exception. Michael Legge is one of those wonderful people who truly appreciates the fun of classic b-movie style cinema and manages to put that same style of fun into his own modern films.

Those who’ve seen some of Michael’s other movies will recognize actors and characters from his other releases peppered throughout this film. I always enjoy seeing directors use many of the same people from film to film, because it creates this feeling like you’re in this private little club, because you recognize them, while people who are new to the directors films won’t. I don’t know how to explain it really. It’s just nice, that’s all, and that’s all the explanation you’re getting. So there!

Anyway, Michael’s long time partner in crime, Lorna Noguiera plays one of the two government agents in this film. I always love seeing her in Michael’s films, because they work so well together, and since she’s also his sidekick on his show (and in the film based on the show) The Dungeon of Dr. Dreck, which is one of my all time favorites, I have a special place in my heart for Lorna.

While the story in this film is quite random and plays out sort of like a Saturday morning cartoon, it still manages a level of coherence that holds it together, keeps things moving along, and most importantly, keeps things fun. It would be very easy for a film like this to become so crazy and so random that it loses itself in that and becomes one big mess. This film manages to avoid that. Even though it kind of rides the edge of that at times, it always manages to pull itself back.

Michael Legge himself plays the main character, which worked out well because Michael is always fun to watch. In my review of The Dungeon of Dr. Dreck, I said that he reminded me a lot of Jon Lovitz at times with his line delivery and acting style. I’ve always loved Jon Lovitz, so it only adds to the fun of Michael’s performances that he gives off that Lovitz vibe at times.

With a crazy story, a fun cast of characters and the technical know-how to put a film together that neither drags nor becomes tedious, Michael Legge’s Coffee Run is another great film from this talented actor and director that can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone who has an appreciation for the absurd and a silly sense of humor.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, or if you’d like to order a copy of this film for yourself, you can check out the Sideshow Cinema website here.