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Making Arrangements

Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman both introduced Americans to the idea that an ensemble cast can get together, play roles in a subculture that no one outside it really understands, and still make an entertaining movie out of it. Making Arrangements, a little flower shop movie out of Oklahoma, stands up well against the Christopher Guest opuses, and even manages strong writing, where the British director manages structured performances from great improvisers with the story taking a back seat.

This manages to combine the character-fueled feel of those films with a sense of story-controlled mockumentary that the others can lack.

You are introduced to the characters inhabiting Flowers by Design, the biggest and best flower shop in the city. Randy Colton, who I remember from an old TGIFriday's commercial, plays the owner Frank Robinson, and is the post that everything else gets tied to. He's the non-Fred Willard announcer in Best of Show, playing it straight (OK, not straight, but serious) and airing his disgust with the trials his crew put each other through.

The employees fight, steal flowers from each other's arrangements in moments of crisis, yell, and interact as brutally comedic as any film not directed by Neil LaBute I've ever seen. The plans for arrangements for a convention, a Holy Union, and a society wedding, are all disrupted when a local god dies and the funeral starts to pull flowers away from everyone else. The tension grows, the grudges come out, and the hilarity erupts in backstabbing and "Bitch Teeth."

The whole team is solid, making with the funny in microcontext, and even funnier when you look at the bigger picture. The angry black designer (Jerome W. Stevenson) isn't hilarious on his own terms, but paired against the perky sorority girl-type (Stacy Farley) who keeps sniping his lilies, he's gold.

This isn't even the b-story, and it made me laugh as hard as anything in the film. The expected jokes of a spoiled brat not getting the wedding she wanted were there, but played with exactly enough elements as to not overwhelm the real story of the flower shop employee trying to make it all work. The actors' timing was always excellent, but the timing of the writing, the rise, fall, and shift of plot points, is impeccable, adding to every performance.

The star of the film in my eyes is Rebecca McCauley. She plays the youngest flower designer who has to deal with an overly picky dinner party hostess and her desire for a centerpiece that's "not too fluffy."

Perfect at every turn, McCauley plays the obvious frustration in a way that you notice, but that never pulls you away from the film into a hate hole. She gets flowers from a regular customer, and it never feels over-cute because she manages her character so well.

What impressed me more than anything was the fact that most filmmakers nowadays would have chosen to shoot this in digital, arguably adding to the documentary sense by giving it the look that most folks expect from modern docs.

Instead, director Melissa Scaramucci employed super16, which made me think of the late 80s when everyone was shooting their docs on 16. The look adds to the film, instead of making me search every surface for jaggies and artifacts. I am a big fan of digital filmmaking, but this was the right way to go.

From a tight script to strong performances, this is the type of film that festivals love, and also the type that never gets the exposure deserved of such a superior production. I am out to change that. I hardily recommend that you go out of your way to find Making Arrangements.

Go to www.makingarrangements.net and look up dates in your area. Then, without question, GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE!

Chris Garcia

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