Kwik Stop (2001)

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Two strangers discover you really can find anything at a convenience store -- even love -- in this engaging independent romantic comedy. Mike (Michael Gilio) is an aspiring actor stuck in a small town who has big plans of moving to Hollywood so he can strike it rich. One night, while on his way into a corner store, he meets Didi (Lara Phillips), a pretty but aimless girl hanging out in the parking lot. Mike and Didi strike up a conversation, and she discovers there's a big dose of self-doubt lurking beneath his confident exterior. Mike, on the other hand, finds that the longer he talks to Didi, the more he finds himself thinking she might be a good reason to stick around. Kwik Stop was the debut feature from writer and director Michael Gilio, who also co-stars as Mike; the film premiered at the 2001 Los Angeles Film Festival.

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Blindsides us with unexpected humor and sadness, and is one of the unsung treasures of recent independent filmmaking.

Oct 11, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This is the debut feature for Columbia College graduate Gilio, and it shows great promise.

Oct 10, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

By turns infuriating, charming, wistful and annoying, Kwik Stop winds up a touching, if frustrating film.

Dec 8, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Gilio does some interesting things with his direction, but his strength comes in his very believable scripted dialogue and his acting

May 31, 2002 | Rating: 6/10

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