Skid Marks (film)
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|Directed by||Karl Kozak|
|Produced by||Karl Kozak
Thomas A. Seitz
|Written by||Karl Kozak
Don J. Rearden
|Music by||Larry Groupé|
|Edited by||Jeff Murphy
|Running time||85 minutes|
Skid Marks is a 2007 independent comedy film about two rival ambulance companies and their attempts to maintain themselves in their city, directed by Karl Kozak and written by Kozak, Don J. Rearden and Kraig Wenman.The film had its theatrical premiere on October 5, 2007, in San Diego, and in 2008, screened at the Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles.
Budget cuts force two rival ambulance companies and their misfit medics to go head-to-head to save their patients, their jobs and their beer money, all in the name of emergency medicine.
- Tyler Poelle as Rich
- Mikey Post as Louis "One Foot" Jones
- Scott Dittman as Karl / The Human Stain
- Les Jennings as T-Bone
- Kathy Uyen as Lai Mei
- James Piper as Bob "The Brain" (as Tim Piper)
- David Schultz as Neil
- Dianna Agron as Megan
- Chuck Kelley as Sarge
- Larrs Jackson as Captain Limison
- J.R. Nutt as Leonard
- Matthew Wolf as Jacques
Filming took place over a six-week period during June and July 2006 at locations in San Diego, California, in areas including Kearny Mesa, Point Loma, Hillcrest, uptown San Diego and several beach areas.
North County Times wrote that the film looks to "place itself somewhere near the company of such comic legacies as Animal House and Caddyshack," but offered that such may not happen as fans of such films "rarely allow comparisons." The review noted that the film was directed with "visual flair and good instincts," and performed "with an admirable lack of humility."
In commenting on the home video release of Skid Marks, DVD Verdict called the film a "cheap-'n'-cheesy low-ball, gross-out comedy", and wrote that the two rival companies names, Bayside Ambulatory Life Services and Downtown Intensive Care create acronyms that clue viewers to the general tone of the film and most of its humor. They felt that it was an unremarkable indie film that was "frequently funny" but more often "frequently stupid," seeming to be aimed at a junior high school audience. They offered that the DVD release was decent and its image "reasonably good given the $1.98-style budget", and that "the producers don't try to obviously fake things to make it all look higher level than it is."
- Rosenberg, Scott. "Commentary: Skid Marks will put smile on your face". Monsters & Critics, April 27, 2006. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
- Bennett, Dan. "Local film 'Skid Marks' wins race for laughs". North County Times, January 30, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
- Elliott, David. "Jokes, crassness at ramming speed". San Diego Union-Tribune, October 6, 2007. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
- Becker, Tom. "Review: Skid Marks". DVD Verdict, August 7, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2011.