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as Gerald Irving
as Mrs. Williams
as Mr. Williams
as Officer Dobbs
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as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for Wake
'Wake,' a short independent film, touched me more deeply than most big budget mainstream dramas.
... thoughtfulness, genuine sincerity, and total emotional honesty are what one can expect from Wake.
Everyone on the set clearly had a good time, and their fun easily transfers to the audience.
Audience Reviews for Wake
Looks like I missed reviewing this one. Is a shame, because as it's not fresh in my mind, I can't remember why I was underwhelmed by it. I just remember thinking Bijou is cute, and it's harmless enough, but fell flat or failed to keep my interest.
A woman who goes to funerals in order to "feel something" and mourn for her sister's long-ago death falls for a dead woman's fiance. I really like the comic, dramatic, and suspenseful possibilities the idea for this film had. A quirky romantic comedy set in a funeral home is a good mix of dark and light-hearted elements. A woman who must go to funerals in order to resolve old wounds falling for an equally damaged man could be heart-warming if handled correctly. And a woman falling for a man who could be his ex-fiancee's killer is also a fine plotline. All of these plots are here, but none is carried well. I knew the performances were too heavy, too aggressive for a good romantic comedy during the very first scene when Phillips and Gomez's characters spar about her presence in the funeral home. He is too aggressive in his pursuit of her, and she responds with equal ire. We then move to the second possibility: the drama about a woman who tries to feel by attending strangers' funerals. But Phillips's performance is too light-hearted, quirky, and aware of her own ridiculousness for us to see her actions as anything other than that which serves the plot. If I met her on the street, I would think of her funeral-going as a contradiction rather than a natural response to her past. And the suspense story hardly picks up any steam until midway through the second act. Overall, Wake is the definition of an uneven film, unsure of what it is, which is sad because it had a lot of potential.
Cute and a bit funny. Classic romantic comedy...
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