REVIEW: Lucy in the Sky with Diamond [2013]

Score: 7/10 | ★ ★ ★

Rating: NR | Runtime: 11 minutes | Release Date: February 13th, 2013 (USA)
Director(s): Joey Boukadakis
Writer(s): Joey Boukadakis

“Are you prepared to spend eternity together?”

Written in the hopes iconic actor Lou Diamond Phillips would agree to participate, Joey Boukadakis‘ comedy short Lucy in the Sky with Diamond was born. Blindly sending the script to his muse unsure of what the reaction would be, Boukadakis found his love of the man validated once the response came back positively. Phillips loved the script, was flattered by the Being John Malkovich treatment, and graciously accepted the offer to film for two days in the San Fernando Valley and have his sense of humor immortalized in what’s sure to reach viral video status online.

Starring John Patrick Jordan and Brian Smith eating lunch at a “Lenny’s”, the short depicts the former’s inability to get over his recently failed relationship with Lucy (Marlana Carter). John can’t stop thinking about her despite trying to pick up the pieces of his broken heart with new conquests, constantly seeing her figure manifest itself while in bed with another woman. Brian attempts to give advice by telling his friend he just needs to get over her like she already has. Walking into the diner with LDP, Lucy provides irrefutable evidence to that fact.

Coming in as a hybrid of Chuck Norris-isms and the Harold and Kumar flicks’ Neil Patrick Harris idolatry, Phillips arrives in leather with a cool aura irresistible to every woman in the restaurant. After calling out John for a little one-to-one Lou lays out the situation facing them, relays a couple surefire solutions to forgetting Lucy, and adds more than his fair share of classic oneliners perfect for a new t-shirt line. From references to his lineage, fans’ love of La Bamba, and Emilio Estevez‘s backside, Lucy in the Sky with Diamond would have been unfilmable if not for his gracious and hysterical involvement.

The hyperbole is laid on thick, the acting is over-the-top, and the adoration of Phillips is in overdrive. Smith plays the friend like his bumbling Zack from “The Big Bang Theory” and Jordan dives off the deep end into broad reactions and stupefied looks of confusion. On first glance both performances may actually be too unrealistic for the outlandish subject matter at hand, but perhaps it only appears so because of Phillips’ severe deadpan every second he’s onscreen. It’s a quasi-autobiographical turn that’s a ton of fun serving as a great reminder of how likeable and humble some Hollywood stars truly are.

Watch it for yourself here.

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