Gerald Wright's Movie Coverage
THE DOORMAN MOVIE REVIEW
Directed, Written & Edited by: Wayne Price
Running time: 76 minute
Release date: July 18, 2008
Distributor: Gigantic Pictures
MPAA Rating: Not rated
In this clever fictionalized documentary, the filmmaker takes the audience on a guide through the legendary New York City club scene. The glamorous jet-set celebrity people need gatekeepers to maintain order and allow only the beautiful and suave to enter the swanky party venues.
This funny story focuses on obnoxious gatekeeper named Trevor (Lucas Akostin) who in his own words is important because "he knows people who know him". This so-call importance he places on himself gives him (in his mind) the power over important people. The film takes the audience into the world of Fashion Week where he hobnobs with the rich and famous, the private events at the nightclubs and fine eateries where Trevor takes lunch with people such as Peter Bogdanovich (as himself). Staged interviews with Thom Filicia (as himself) the award winning interior designer, Denise Quinones (as herself) crowned Miss Universe in 2001 and Amy Sacco "Queen of the Night" (as herself) owner of nightclubs Lot 61 and Bungalow 8 gave this quirky movie a documentary style.
The shooting of this film reveals Trevor's downfall from his platform to the lonely, pitiful and demeaning life to which he must adapt. His fantasy mentally doesn't allow him to accept his new dilemma; however, he takes the film crew through a series of door-slamming ventures and cameos featuring dozen of real-life celebrities. The once "big shot" who people loved and hated, now lacks the awareness that he's just an "everyday guy".
The Doorman is one of the most clever mockumentaries I've seen in quite some time. Though Trevor is a fictional character, I can only see the authenticity in his "metro sexual" behavior. This is a laugh out loud comedy and a must see film.
FILM RATING (B)