The Boy With a Thorn in His Side (2005) – By Duane L. Martin

I’m sure there a are lots of us who haven’t really found ourselves. Hell, I’m 35 now and I feel like I’m just now starting to find myself…maybe. Well Billy isn’t anywhere near 35, but he’s got the same problem. He just doesn’t know what to do with himself. The only girl he really loves and that he once dated for a short time now just wants to be friends with him. His father is insane and marches around the house like a nazi chugging viagra and checking all the light bulbs. His mom is paranoid and seems to have an excessive anxiety problems. He tries to date a girl (an incredibly pretty one I might add) from the employment office and ends up being more of a stalker than anything else. Oh, and did I mention he can’t really find a steady job because he doesn’t know what he wants to do in life?

Basically this film is about a quirky guy who consumes massive quantites of junk food trying to find himself in a world full of people who don’t understand him. Now, I don’t have a lot of complaints about this film, but I do have one big one that I’ll get out of the way right here before I move on to what really worked in it.

The one big problem with this film was that the dialogue was recorded way too low and at many points it’s quite hard to understand what people are saying. Sometimes it’s the music that’s walking over the dialogue, and other times it’s just hard to understand in general. Also the lead actor Alec Sedgley doesn’t really project his voice well when he speaks. Now as far as production quality, that’s my only real problem with this film. The editing and everything else was all done quite well.

Now, that’s the technical problem. There’s another problem with this film too, even though calling it a problem would be a bit of a misnomer since it’s not a problem per se, but more something that I realized as I was watching it. People who watch this movie will likely fall into one of two camps. The first group will probably get tired of it and shut it off part way through, and the other group would identify with the main character and find enjoyment in watching Billy struggling to find his place in life. Then there’s people like me who don’t like camping, so I fell somewhere in the middle. For a while I was in the first group, finding myself rather bored with the film, but then as it progressed, I found myself enjoying it more and more and getting more into the story and the characters. It had quite a good surprise ending as well, which I won’t spoil here. When it was all over, I rolled it around in my head for a while and realized that I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I did while I was watching it. It’s not unusual for me to feel that way about a film after the fact. It’s happened to me lots of times.

So if you can identify with someone quirky who’s trying to find his place in the world, you’re going to enjoy this film. Even if you can’t, there are good characters and some good acting here that will definitely make it worth your while to check out.

If you’d like to find out more about this film or Mark Jeavons other films, you can check out the Sepia Films website at http://www.sepiafilms.co.uk.