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Niagara Motel

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Cast: Kevin Pollak,Anna Friel,Craig Ferguson,Caroline Dhavernas

Director(s): Gary Yates


Year: 2006

Rating: R

A group of struggling individuals cross paths at a low-rent motel in the tourist Mecca of Niagara Falls, Canada. They are not tourists and they are all, for various reasons, at crisis points in their lives. The main characters are: a knockout waitress being recruited to star in low budget porn videos, a young couple with criminal pasts struggling to recover their child from social services, and a middle class husband and wife in a marriage that is disintegrating in near record time. The story also includes the woeful drunken motel manager, a prostitute working to support two small children, a small time hustler, an underachieving staple salesman, the Serbian owner of the motel, his physics studying daughter, and a social worker with a Christian bias. The needs of these people, their obvious failings and the unlucky conditions of their lives make them so vulnerable that they careen from the disturbing to the hilarious in a breathless instant. In this story, tragedy waltzes with unpredictable comedy in an intense dance of life.

This is a hard film to categorize, for the most part the characters are played in a serious tone but there's also the moments of dark comedy as well which is why I think this film is better than most like it and there's been many film like this one before. This is one for those movies that focuses on 3 main characters and how they all are some how related as far as story goes. These are not very likable characters but there's no denying they are interesting. You have a permanently drunk hotel manager Phillie,who uses whiskey to hide the pain of losing his wife. Recovering addict Denise,who wants her baby back and a middle-aged couple argue a bit. I know that may not sound like much but the story is well-written and the direction is nearly flawless. But I felt the main reason the film was as good as it was is because of it's cast, the film is filled with delightful performances like Friel, she is amazing here. The highlight of the film is Dhavernas who really shines as a waitress on the verge of becoming a low-budget adult star. I will stop there but the entire cast here really delivers. If your looking for a little black comedy then Niagara is the film for you, it is a entertaining piece of cinema that is sure to please any fan of the genre. Released by Allumination FilmWorks. **** Out Of *****