WTFU (2010) – By Duane L. Martin

Dave Grayson (Dan Brennan) is the producer of the hottest morning show in town. The show is hosted by a couple who are perky, bubbly and extremely popular with the viewing audience. So what’s the problem? He can’t stand his job. He wants to produce a real news show, and at last, he has the chance dangling right in front of him. He’s been offered a job as the producer of a hard news show in London. Again, what’s the problem? Well, his agent was screwing the station owner, and basically left him screwed in his contract. He can’t break it without the owner’s agreement, which he won’t give because the show is such a huge hit. So what options are left to him? Well, he did get two things in his contract that work in his favor. He’s in charge of hiring and firing for the show and can’t be overridden on his decisions, even by the station’s owner, and he determines salaries, severance, etc… of the employees that work for him. So he comes up with a plan.

Step 1, fire the morning hosts and pay them three years of severance pay. Step 2, hire the most utterly repugnant and obnoxious people he can find to replace them. Step 3, the ratings tank, he gets fired and he can go take the London job.

Step 1, done. Step 2, more than done. He happens to be in a coffee shop one day, when he comes across Patty Foster (Allison Lane), the most racist, obnoxious, slutty, semi-alcoholic, self-important bitch you could possibly imagine. He hires her instantly, and then fills her co-host slot with a former child star named Hudson Lane (Wade Foster), who’s basically a washed up has been and is himself totally obnoxious and oblivious. The show goes on, with its new co-hosts, but did his plan work? You’ll have to see the movie to find out.

I’m not even going to mince words here. This film is pure awesome! It’s only a half hour long or so, but man…I can’t even tell you how great this movie is. I use words for a living and I’m just at a loss on this one.

First off, Dan Brennan is a great actor and really likeable. He’s also one hell of a nice guy off camera, so it’s always a pleasure to see him in anything. Allison Lane, who directed this film and co-wrote it with Chris Ritter, played Patty Foster. I have never seen such a character who was as obnoxious and as hilariously awesome as she was in this film. Just the way she laughs will bring tears to your eyes. There’s no way to describe it. You just have to see her do it. I was absolutely loving every second she was on the screen. Her co-host, played by Wade Foster, was also hilarious in his own right, but in a slightly more subdued way. Allison was just over the top and the way she wrote and played her character has turned me into an instant super fan. I want to see everything she makes or is involved with now. I feel the same about Dan Brennan as well. He was brilliant in his film Maggie Marvel, and equally as brilliant in this one. My only regret is that I wasn’t the one who reviewed the film he made before Maggie Marvel, because I would have liked to have been able to see that one as well.

This movie is about as far from politically correct as you can get, and that’s what makes it so amazingly fun. If you’re the type of person that’s all about political correctness and spends your day walking around looking for things to be offended by, then skip this one. I doubt Allison would want you stinking up her film with your eyeballs anyway. If however, you’re like me and despise political correctness, love obnoxious characters, great acting and a super fun story, then this is the film for you.

As for the technicals of the film, I have zero complaints. It was beautifully shot, perfectly edited, the sound and lighting were both great and the locations and set design were both excellent.

My one biggest complaint about this film is that I didn’t want it to end. Allison did tell me that she’s working on a new film though, which is awesome. She’s a super talented writer, film maker and actress, and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with in the future.

This film is currently being sent out to various film festivals and has even won awards for best comedy short and best ensemble cast. If you get a chance to see this one, do it. This one is an absolute must see film, and is now far and away one of my all time favorite indie films.

Here’s the best part. This is actually a prequel to a web series she does called The Morning Bitch, which you can check out on YouTube by subscribing to her channel here.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out the film’s website at http://www.wtfu.tv.