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Michael J. Sielaff, Michael David Farrow, Tonio Juwuan, Iyad Hajjaj, Andrew Qamar
Adam Kargman
16 Mins.

 "Loud and Deep" is Silly But Fun 

How can I possibly describe writer/director Adam Kargman's Loud and Deep? 

If Scott Baio and Willie Aames had made a teen comedy that included an Al Qaeda storyline, then the finished product would probably look a lot like Loud and Deep, a film that could easily bring to mind fans of Baio and Aames' Zapped  from 1982. While the latter film was a lot naughtier and a lot more focused on its T&A factor, in this 16-minute short we get just out-and-out silliness galore against the backdrop of a most unusual terrorist attack. 

Down-and-out Wilbur Tuttle (Michael J. Sielaff) sees his luck start to change when he accidentally intercepts a package containing a rather unique remote control that will cause anyone he points it at to do, well, rather unmentionable things for the most part involving flatulence. It only takes Wilbur a few moments to realize this remote's potential as he sets out to get revenge on his enemies and, for the most part, just about anyone else who crosses his path. 

Unfortunately for Wilbur, the remote is actually part of a rather unique plan by, you guessed it, Al Qaeda and they're not too happy that it's fallen into the wrong hands. Can they hold it in long enough to get their remote back? 

As Wilbur, Michael J. Sielaff is called upon to carry the film and he does so with a goofy, likable charm that really makes you wonder would have happened if Kargman had decided to take the film even a little bit darker. Loud and Deep definitely gives off the same vibes as those 80's teen comedies that seemed to last in movie theaters for a couple of weeks before finding a much longer life on home video where you could snicker to your silly heart's content. After having seen Kargman's last film Repressions, one has to completely chuckle at the complete about face that Kargman has taken handling material that is unabashedly silly and funny. 

Loud and Deep isn't the kind of film that will stay on your mind forever, but while you're sitting in your seat watching the film you'll likely find yourself snickering at both the film and simply the idea that Kargman had the guts to wrap a film around this idea. For more information on the film, visit the Roundhay Garden Films website linked to in the credits. 

© Written by Richard Propes 
The Independent Critic