The Arrival (2012) – By Matthew Saliba

Christian Kotey’s “The Arrival” is a charming and whimsical adaptation of a stage play by three of the film’s stars, Lynn Rafferty, Shay Griffin and Kenneth Fox. The story centers on a woman desperately seeking cash who decides to scam a gay couple looking to buy a baby by pretending to be pregnant. Furthermore, she pulls a “Mrs. Doubtfire” by playing a plethora of colorful characters each more eccentric than the next until she inadvertently gives herself away bringing her scheme to a screeching halt.

"The Arrival" keeps the laughs coming as Lynn Rafferty shows her diverse range as a comedienne through her many incarnations of “pregnant women” attempting to sell their babies. Shay Griffin, who looks like a dead ringer for Bradley Cooper is also very amusing as the flamboyantly gay man who is offering up the big bucks to fulfill his dream of becoming a father.

I was particularly impressed with the editing of Jonathan Clancy who seems to have an innate understanding of how to pace a comedy that heightens the laughs and keeps things moving when certain gags don’t quite hit the mark.

Director Christian Kotey assembled a strong cast and crew to put “The Arrivial” together and it shows as it’s been doing quite well on the film festival circuit even winning an audience award for “Best Short Film” at the 2012 GAZE Film Festival.

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