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Like many other web series featured in this space, Movie Night is, at its heart, about young professionals trying to make it in the big city. How, then, does it stand out? The answer lies within its unique setting.
After completing a $6,000 Kickstarter campaign last year, the team at By-Law Production has released all 12 episodes of Movie Night at once. The series following a group of five friends (plus one annoying newcomer) who gather together for their regular movie night.
There is plenty of the usual banter about relationships and jobs, but Movie Night also spits out a high volume of movie references, joking about everything from Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner to Garry Marshall’s recent tendency toward holiday-themed romcoms (dim-witted Jaynee, played by Beth Crudele, wonders why Marshall hasn’t made a Flag Day romcom yet, “because who doesn’t love flags, right?”)
The pace is fast, the jokes fly out of characters’ mouths at a frequent clip, and the cozy living room setting helps trim the fat that often bogs down other similar web series. Film buffs will get the most mileage out of Movie Night‘s nonstop references, but the series also has enough charm to serve everybody else.
OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT
- Don’t Walk. This series, which stars comedian Max Silvestri as a fish-out-of-water Midwesterner in New York City, is one of the first web series on the new Thundershorts website.
- Somewhere in Palm Springs. A crudely-animated web series about a group of hipsters hanging out by a Palm Springs pool.
- Bushido Man. An action-packed martial arts adventure split across several webisodes.
- Gifted Corporation. This detective story contains a generous helping of the supernatural.
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