Way to go, Christine! (2010) – By Duane L. Martin

Christine (Karis Yanike) has two problems.  The first is that her boss (Mark Booker) is always on her ass about her coming back late from her breaks and looking for an excuse to fire her.  The second is that she hates her job, and her only respite from it are her two fifteen minute coffee breaks.  What’s so special about the coffee breaks?  Well, Christina actually has a third problem.  Apparently she’s an alcoholic.  See, when her breaks come around, she sprints out of the office and then runs literally blocks away to her favorite liquor store where she buys a 40 of malt liquor and then sprints back to the office, chugging the 40 the whole way.  This is a daily routine for Christine, but today, fate has a different plan for her.  One that will not only change her life for the better, but will finally get her boss off her case once and for all.

This film is an amusing little romp that takes us along with Christine on her booze runs and shows us what a dick her boss can be.  I’m sure we can all identify with her, since we’ve all probably had bosses like that in the past.  While it’s not often laugh out loud funny, you will find yourself smiling a lot.  It’s amusing to watch her chugging along down the street…literally.

The film, while obviously made on a non-existent budget, was actually very well made.  The scenes of Christine running through the streets were very well shot and edited together, the acting was great and all the technicals were in place as far as lighting, sound, editing, etc….  Even the music was quite good and very appropriate to the scenes.

While it is a short, you almost feel out of breath when you’re done watching it because of the running scenes.  They actually make the film feel longer than it is, but not in a bad way.  You’d think scenes of a girl running would tend to drag the pacing of a film to a crawl, but the use of music and the nice, tight editing of jumping the shots from place to place, made it feel like she was running a huge distance, without making us sit through the whole trip.

Way to go, Christine! is definitely a fun film you’ll want to check out.  Director Mark Thimijan has a definite talent for doing a lot with just a little, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what he comes up with in the future.

The film doesn’t have a website that I could find, but if you want more info, you can check out its IMDB page.