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Beauty and the Least: The Misadventures of Ben Banks (2012)

TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 May 2013 (Canada)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Banks Ben Banks ... Ben Banks
Katharine Towne ... Erin Parker
Mischa Barton ... Amy Warner
Emily Moffat Emily Moffat ... Jane West
Michael Hobert ... Greg Timmons
David Sullivan ... Glenn Ambers
Sal Masekela ... Hank Ashby
Alex Beh ... Gunner Smith
Kim Huffman ... Fran Banks
Cyle West Cyle West ... Ezra
Travis Lincoln Cox Travis Lincoln Cox ... Waiter
Parker Clark Parker Clark ... Himself
Franki Holton Franki Holton ... Candi
Jon Dodart Jon Dodart ... Frank
Trevor Thompson Trevor Thompson ... Dead Guy
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A hopeless slacker, portrayed by the character's real-life namesake, finds his ambition awakened by a gorgeous waitress who is hiding from her past. Strong emotions compel Ben to find the porn mogul who is distributing pictures of his new squeeze.

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She has a past. He has no future.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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English

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7 May 2013 (Canada) See more »

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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA See more »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Painful Acting Meets Unimaginative Writing
9 September 2013 | by madgirl87-787-490884See all my reviews

While the plot of Beauty and the Least (Ben Banks...)is generally interesting, if unimaginative, the movie itself is incredibly flawed. From the whiny, cliché "indie mood music" that courses throughout, to the over-abundant extreme face close-ups, the vast majority of the movie feels like an imitation of a traditional coming-of-age indie film. Indeed, a few tweaks, and it could almost become a parody of the genre. The script feels terribly overworked and unoriginal--- the last line is cringe-inducing. While watching this movie, I had almost constant deja vu; as if I was re-watching the awkward senior film project my roommate had directed in college. The most glaring issue with the film, however, is hands-down the acting. Mischa Barton is unbelievable at best. Ben Banks... well, he seems like a moderately sexy stoner who was given a script an hour prior to filming. He acting is painfully awkward at times. There is some comic relief in the form of some Reno 911-style side characters--- maybe they remind me of something funny or maybe I was just so happy to be slightly entertained, but they felt hilarious compared to the plodding pace of the rest of the movie. Ultimately the movie was slow, trite, and though reasonably pretty to look at, completely forgettable.


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