Ever had a discussion with someone and then somewhere in that discussion it gets to both of you talking about Religion? That's the case in this independent film based on a play by Roger Rueff called Hospitality Suite. It revolves around three men who become the only characters in the entire movie as they stage a routine sales convention for their firms industrial lubricants. They are the representatives of the firm and they seek out a "Big Kahuna" in the form of a certain CEO that could save their company. The only problem is that they don't know who the man looks like, but the youngest and more religious of the two does. So they lean on him to get the account and hopefully will save them from ruin, but will this young man's religious views get in the way?
The three men are of a certain age: Bob (Peter Facinelli) is the youngest and more religious than the other two, Larry (Kevin Spacey) is the middle aged, quick witted, loud-mouth who pushes Bob's buttons when it comes to religion and Phil (Danny Devito) is the old and almost obsolete salesman who begins to question his life and work. These men will have a deep, religious experience in the form of questioning their existence.
Much of the movie takes place in the Hospitality Suite on the 16th floor. As they wait for their Kahuna, they get involved in conversations concerning character, religion, honesty and love. All in some ways collide into one another through the course of the film. The dialogue is irreverently witty and much of Spacey's one-liners cracked me up. The acting is quite good, especially from Spacey. Devito shows his vulnerable side for once which was interesting to see and Facinelli does a good job at playing the goodie-goodie who shakes up these two mens faith.
The push and pull between Larry and Bob was fascinating to watch. Larry is a cynic and tries to impart his knowledge of life onto the young Bob. Their argument near the end of the movie over God is quite something, but I think the most insightful piece of dialogue comes from Phil once Larry and Bob have stop arguing. He talks to Bob, alone and discusses the distinction between religion and selling lubricants. There is no difference. Because selling lubricants is no different from selling religion. Ever talk to someone who veers off the course of a real human conversation only to then chat about scriptures and bible verses? That's usually a marketing ploy. To get you to buy what they're selling. In this case, Jesus. It was an insightful piece of dialogue, but the young Bob still has a lot to learn about life. Right now he's just a marketing rep for the lord. Maybe one day he'll regret that.
Overall, this is a well made and relaxing film to watch late at night.