(Jeremy LaLonde) is a grubby microbudget comedy about two absolutely terrible people – a shiftless drunk (Aaron Abrams, who co-wrote the film with his Blindspot executive producer Brendan Gall) and a perpetually angry sex worker (Tommie-Amber Pirie) – who form a grudging alliance to raise the $98 that will get them out of Toronto for good. Mayhem follows. I am obliged to point out that director LaLonde is a friend, as are most of the people in his movie; the Toronto film circle is pretty small. But I can honestly say Pirie’s pint-sized Wolverine act – and Abrams’s willingness to be beaten to a pulp in the service of a laugh – are both very funny and oddly complementary, and shouldn’t be missed. And LaLonde’s assembled a supporting cast of local comedy ringers that includes Kristian Bruun, Christine Horne, Scott Thompson, Jessica Greco, Suresh John, Jonas Chernick and Abrams’s Blindspot buddy Ennis Esmer, who really seems to enjoy being the reasonable character this time around. 83 min. NNNN (Norman Wilner)
Tommie-Amber Pirie (left) and Aaron Abrams make a great odd couple.