For Ricardo, a self-described unemployed loser extraordinaire, the world as he knows it revolves around little more than eating junk food and watching adult movies. When mouthy, sassy Tai walks by mistake into his apartment, he begins to realize that there may be more to life than the fridge and the TV set. Then again, considering that his romantic repertoire consists of such lines as Baby, you make me proud to be a heterosexual man maybe not.
Sunnyvale is one mans hilarious, edgy, and ultimately sweet attempt to navigate the turbulent waters of dating and relationshipsas Tai; Dakota, Tais tough, jealous girlfriend; and dippy, gun-toting Internet date Rain, all end up figuring into Ricardos increasingly troublesome romantic juggling act, when he dates all three at the same time.
James Ricardo, who also wrote and directed, leads a memorable group of characters fumbling in the fields of love. Good-humored and unpredictable, Sunnyvale is a deliciously tart look at the never-ending mysteries of love, and how a losers life can change if only hes willing to get off the couch.
Fernando F. Croce
Late Bloomer; dir. Craig Macneill; 13min/16mm/United States Something is happening in Miss Lovecrafts seventh-grade sexual ed class something darker than the assigned lesson.
EMERGING MAVERICKS / NEW VISIONS