Profane Morality Tale
Release Date: November 16, 2012
Starring: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius,
Annie Parisse, Edward
Herrmann, Josh Pais, Amy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 92 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Michael Walker
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Dolly Hall
Writer: Michael Walker
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Peter (Eric Mabius) is a long-suffering marketing wizard for a 7-11 style convenience store chain. When his new boss, Susan (Parker Posey), arrives in the office from another city, she immediately singles him out for a promotion to vice president and doubles his salary. While this makes his home life happier at first, Susan has lots of demands, including that he work late and travel with her on numerous business trips.
Soon, Peter is having to decide if the new money compensates for all the time away from his wife and young son. Beyond that, as Susan seduces him, he’s suddenly endangering his marriage and everything he worked so hard to achieve. While this sounds like a standard soap opera dilemma, Writer/Director Michael Wagner keeps Susan unpredictable. Also, as Peter sinks further into his trapped situation, both funny and serious aspects of his dilemma are explored.
The movie’s two sex scenes feature adultery, but they are mostly implied as the camera cuts away in the midst of passionate kissing. However, one of the two scenes features a fully clothed Susan sitting on top of a surprised Peter in her office while staffers hear noises and wonder what’s happening.
Ultimately, Peter is forced to face the dilemma of deciding whether the extra money is worth it. [SPOILER ALERT] The movie winds up with several pro-family jokes when it’s revealed Peter saved his marriage from near-divorce, and the boss moved on to her own husband, child and marital bliss as well.
PRICE CHECK is definitely a low-budget film, with most scenes taking place indoors. Despite this, its vibrant performances and meaty moral dilemmas make this an engaging film for discerning adult viewers. There’s far too much gratuitous foul language, however. This will prevent the movie from attracting a wider audience.
PRICE CHECK is definitely a low-budget movie, with most scenes taking place indoors. Despite this, its vibrant performances and meaty moral dilemmas make it an engaging movie for discerning adult viewers. Also, the movie has a pro-family message at the end. Finally, the adultery scenes are somewhat restrained, but there’s far too much gratuitous foul language. So, extreme caution is required for PRICE CHECK.