The plot had some flaws, and the acting wasn't perfect all around, but the two main characters, played by Harriel and Consiglio, were nearly perfect. Interesting mix of humor and drama, with some powerful scenes (the when his ex-wife trashes the lab). Consiglio's humor and excellent timing really stole the short. Cinematography was a little self-conscious, but Hood took some chances on making his shots more interesting. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. Loved the twist with the girl, maybe a *little* overdone with the whole Diamondhead character. The wife/ex-wife was occasionally funny, but the part was overacted and not always believable. I wish the director hadn't felt the need to wrap it all up neatly- a more open ending would have been much more compelling. And I would have taken down a couple characters a notch, like the wife and Diamonhead. They were a little too much like caricatures. So why 3 1/2 stars with so many issues? It was clearly a lower budget film and in addition to bring decently filmed, it had a lot of heart. I give extra points for heart (as opposed to cheese, which makes a film Lise points).