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BIT PARTS
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Dave Reda

Starring:
Christopher Page
Molly Fix
Michelle Angel

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Plastic surgeon Dr. Cranston's daughter was horribly disfigured in a car crash at a young age. Now, she remains in his home, a shell of her former self. This of course sends the good Doctor spiralling into madness, as he now places ads in the newspaper, open casting calls for girls with prominent "features" that he can cut out and rebuild his daughter with.
Is it good movie?

The concept of this film is pretty good, I like the idea of a Doctor trying to rebuild his broken daughter. Instead of a Dr.Giggles type film (not that there's anything wrong with old Dr. Rendell), it plays out like more of a psychological-type thriller. There's nothing particularly great about the movie; in fact, the whole thing is almost a little bit dull. Most of Bit Parts consists of Melissa, trapped in the Doctor's home, screaming and whining as he spouts off crazy dialogue, showing how fractured his psyche is.

There is some gore to be had too, but not buckets as you may have expected. Let's put it this way: you expect a bit of medical violence, and you get it, but nothing that'll really get your motor running. The movie plays out like a bit of a riff on Hollywood types, but come on, it wouldn't take much to put together the pieces of the plot that are laid out, and the whole thing is a little paint by numbers, although the end of the film really picks up the pace, and the Doctor faces a nasty demise.

The acting is pretty decent, Chris Page is easily the standout of the cast, doing the best he can as the evil Doctor, and Molly Fix's Melissa wasn't bad either. I wasn't a huge fan of Dave Reda- he should stick to directing, but still, I’ve seen much worse acting in low budget flicks.
Video / Audio
Video is ok, a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer.

Audio is a bit front heavy, on this Dolby 5.1 track.
The Extras
Indie flicks often have great commentaries, and this one is no slouch. Director Dave Reda hops into the booth and delivers a spirited insight on how this film was made.

You'll also have a look at an NBC local news interview about this film, which I thought was a rather original extra, perfectly suited to the low budget film.

You'll also find a trailer here!
Last Call
In the end, Bit Parts didn't feel like a major player, but I dug it enough to sit through its short (70 min) runtime. Check it out for the concept, it's worth a look.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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