Are you the type of person who wells up at the sound of someone popping the big question? Or does the mere thought of PDA result in the sort of eye rolling that risks retinal detachment? Either way, chances are you’ve heard someone else’s marriage proposal story but Check Please is unlike one you’ve heard before.
Set in a New York restaurant, Check Please answers the question that many a proposer fears to ask: what happens if my engagement ring is delivered to another table? What if that couple played along with it? This simple premise is immediately relatable to anyone who’s had to sit and applause another couple whilst their calzone goes cold and taps into the anxiety of anyone who’s bent the knee.
The cast breathes life into a script which is more light-hearted than LOLs where Bryan Manley Davis stars as the suffering proposer who squirms his way through the scene, whilst Amelia Brain skilfully stops short of falling into Bridezilla-to-be territory. Emily Dennis endearingly hams it up as the mistakenly bethrothed whilst Jacob Trussell steals the show as the dictionary definition of a douche who thoroughly deserves his just desserts. However, Mike (Trussell) and the waiter’s (Matthew Porter) reactions to the situation requires excessive suspension of disbelief in a believable situation. As a result, Check Please comes across like part of a sketch show which unfortunately jars with the polished production.
Daniel Sorochkin’s comedic short has most recently been nominated for Best director at the Widescreen Film and Music Festival 2017 and featured as Short of the Week, but like the calzone, I couldn’t help but wish that I’d ordered something else. Check Please undoubtedly deserves its fans but I won’t be leaving a tip.
STARS:Bryan Manley Davis, Amelia Brain, Emily Dennis, Jacob Trussell, Matthew Porter
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