Directed by: Scott Simerly Jr
Written by: Patrick McElroy
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Alien Guy Tim
Tim is just your ordinary guy with a really strange accent. Oh, and he enjoys getting abducted by little green or grey men/woman with big eyes. But other than that he's a pretty normal guy, as you'll learn in the mockumentary Alien Guy Tim.
Written by Patrick McElroy and directed by Scott Simerly Jr, this was a quick and very cute title that relishes in the fact it doesn't take itself seriously. In a sea of sometimes interesting, mostly disturbing documentaries about this and that, this title works because you just know this crew is having some fun with it. What's not to like about a weird guy who loves kung fu and being probed by otherworldly beings?
Tim (Patrick McElroy) plays the part perfectly and anyone who stumbles onto this short film may just think it's a real life documentary; simply because of the way it's produced. Interviews, cut-ins and having the camera around when it shouldn't be all play a role here. If it wasn't for the content, and maybe Tim's strange way of speaking, this could be a show about anything. The one slight difference? Alien Guy Tim actually has somewhat of a story. I won't spoil the climax for you, but although not totally shocking, was definitely worth a laugh.
And laugh you will. The mixture of realistic (sort-of) dialog and McElroy's unusual character Tim are a winning combination. The addition of his brother and wife add a personal touch that 'should' not be funny at all; but it is. Just because you know it's all an act. That's what I liked about this title. It's no secret this is a fake doc, but all the touches that would normally not be funny; are funny. I just wish it was a little longer. Maybe not much longer, but another interesting scene would have been great.
This is what making movies is all about. Relaxing a little and having fun with a project. Alien Guy Tim is funny, done well and acted in a way that will make even the most hard core smile. 3.5 stars out of 5 and a recommended diversion. Even if only a brief one.