Prick (2013) – By Philip Smolen

Roshan (Justin Hawkins) is your average Minnesota nice guy. He works at a day care center and enjoys playing and taking care of young children. On the weekends, he likes to kick back with his buddies and drink a little too much and smoke a little too much. The one area where Roshan’s life needs work is his love life. You see, he’s too nice, so the ladies use him when they need him and ignore him the rest of the time. He’s got a lot of female friends, but no prospects for a real romance, until one day when one of his buddies suggests that Roshan be more honest and forthcoming. So Roshan begins telling everyone exactly what’s on his mind. Before long, all the women who ignored Roshan have flocked to him. However, his new found honesty policy has a price; after a while people really begin to hate who Roshan has become.

“Prick” is a new low budget film from Minnesota writer/director Justin Hawkins (the writer of “Once Upon a Time in the Midwest” which is also reviewed in this issue). It starts out as an amusing comedy of manners as Roshan decides that he needs to shake up his life in order to fulfill his dreams. It’s only after alienating all of his friends (and even inadvertently causing the death of his girl’s former boyfriend) does Roshan come to the realization that while honesty is the best policy, a steady diet of it can cost you dearly.

At the beginning the film has a quirky sense of irony that’s amusing and fun. But unfortunately, this dissipates far too quickly and is replaced by scene after scene of exposition. After a while, these scenes stop the flick cold. The movie also become way too predictable as Roshan travels down his road of self destruction and I found myself guessing what scenes would be next.

Perhaps the weakest link in the film is Hawkins’s choice for actors. Now I understand that this was an extremely low budget film (roughly $5000), so it was necessary for Hawkins to cast many of his friends in key roles, however it becomes obvious after a few minutes that they are inexperienced.

“Prick” features a great idea and film concept that regrettably starts to unravel mid way through. It’s unfortunate that the movie’s ironic message gets lost due to too much exposition and underwhelming acting.

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