LolliLove

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LolliLove
Lollilove-DVD-cover.jpg
DVD cover featuring Gunn and Fischer
Directed by Jenna Fischer
Produced by Stephen Blackehart
Screenplay by Jenna Fischer
Peter Alton
James Gunn
(uncredited)
Story by Jenna Fisher
Starring James Gunn
Jenna Fischer
Linda Cardellini
Jason Segel
Judy Greer
Lloyd Kaufman
Music by Willie Wisely
Peter Alton
Cinematography Peter Alton
Edited by Peter Alton
Production
company
LolliLove Productions
Distributed by Troma Entertainment
Release dates
Running time 64 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,500

LolliLove is a mockumentary co-written by, directed by and starring Jenna Fischer. The film satirizes a hip, misguided Southern California couple who decide to make a difference in the lives of the homeless by giving them lollipops with a cheery slogan on the wrapper.

Production[edit]

The film stars James Gunn, Fischer's then-husband, and Peter Alton, who were also co-writers, though about half of the film's dialogue was improvised by the cast. Fischer talked about the creative process behind the film in an interview with a St. Louis magazine:

The film mixes fact and fiction: Gunn's and Fischer's characters are named James and Jenna Gunn, the film was shot in their actual home, and it incorporates footage from their real-life wedding and home movies.[1]

Principal photography cost $1,500 and was completed in 12 days.[1] The film premiered at the St. Louis International Film Festival (the hometown of Fischer and Gunn) in November 2004[2] and appeared at the Sonoma Valley Film Festival and the TromaDance Film Festival in 2005,[3] and screened during the Cannes Film Festival market in May 2006.[4] It was officially released on DVD by Troma Entertainment on March 7, 2006.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
James Gunn James
Jenna Fischer Jenna
Jason Segel Jason
Linda Cardellini Linda
Judy Greer Judy
Lloyd Kaufman Father Lloyd
Peter Alton Narrator
Larry Fitzgibbon Larry

Reception[edit]

The film received mostly positive reviews. Variety described it as a "spot on satire" and "chuckle-packed and satisfyingly tasteless", and that the film "nails the condescending vapidity, manufactured drama and ludicrous self-importance of reality shows".[4] Adam Hackbarth, who interviewed Fischer, recommended the film as a "gritty and hilarious Trojan horse assault on the typical self-loving weekend philanthropist."[1] Upon the film's DVD release, the DVDTalk review said it is "one of the best films of the year - a riotous comedy about charity and the homeless. Really," in spite of being released by Troma Films, and credits director Fischer with infusing "the terribly tricky genre with just the right amount of raucous realism."[5] In Film Threat, the film is described as "so damned believable that it’s difficult, at times, to watch. Director Jenna Fischer has done a remarkable job here and if she continues on this esoteric and off-beat path she may find herself among the ranks of Christopher Guest and company."[6] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club found it "funny, smart and casually satirical," but noted, "even at sixty-five minutes it still feels a little padded, like a killer short film on steroids."[7]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hackbarth, Adam (December 16, 2005). "The Lollilove interview - Jenna Fischer". PlaybackSTL.com. 
  2. ^ Williams, Joe (March 18, 2005). "Talking Pictures". "St. Louis theaters become an import-export market". St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). p. E1.  (text (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Lollilove.Net (official site)". Lollilove.net. Archived from the original on 2009-04-13. 
  4. ^ a b Nesselson, Lisa (June 14, 2006). "LolliLove". Variety. 
  5. ^ Gibron, Bill (February 9, 2006). "DVDTalk Review". dvdtalk.com. 
  6. ^ Curry, Christopher (February 7, 2006). "LolliLove (DVD)". Film Threat. 
  7. ^ Rabin, Nathan (August 6, 2007). "The A.V. Club Blog Dispatches From Direct To DVD Purgatory: Lollilove, Grilled and The Big White". The A.V. Club. 
  8. ^ ""The Office" Cast Bios". NBC. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  9. ^ TromaDance Press Conference at the American Film Market 2005. Tromadance.com. 2005. Press Release.

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