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STARRING
Robert Bielfelt, Cian Patrick O'Dowd, Brett Buzek, Jason Schneider, Matthew Pohlman
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
George O'Barts
MPAA RATING
NR
DISTRIBUTED BY
Independent
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 "Pizza Shop: The Movie" Doesn't Quite Deliver 
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There's a pretty good chance that just hearing the title Pizza Shop: The Movie will tell you just about everything that you need to know about this intentionally over-the-top comedy that fully intends to push the outer limits of taste then go just a wee bit further.

If, by chance, just hearing the title Pizza Shop: The Movie doesn't tell you everything you need to know about the film, then you'll likely be able to put together all the puzzle pieces simply by looking at the film's DVD cover or simply watching the film's trailer on this page.

While there's likely a market for Pizza Shop: The Movie, it's likely to be limited to those who will embrace its unabashedly low-budget nature and frathouse mentality.

It's not exactly uncommon for indie filmmakers to make a film such as Pizza Shop: The Movie, a title I must just enjoy typing since I've managed to put it into every paragraph so far. The film seems to be one of those films where a group of friends get together, gross each other out, then laugh out loud while thinking "This would be an awesome movie."

Think again.

Written and directed by George O'Bart, Pizza Shop: The Movie enters the realm of the pizza delivery guy dealing with bizarre customers and maybe even more bizarre co-workers. When veteran company man Pete (Robert Biefelt) is pushed beyond his limit by rival slacker Jason (Cian Patrick O'Dowd), the result is a no-holds barred battle until the end.

The end of what?

Who knows?

Pizza Shop: The Movie has just about every gag you'd expect from miscellaneous toppings on the pizza to customers who pay by any means except cash and, well, surely you get the idea?

Right?

The film's tech credits are about on par for what one would expect from a low-budget, indie comedy with Jason Soule's lensing doing its job just fine. The score, contributed by Robert W. Hutchinson Jr., is a misguided mishmash that may very well have worked in a limited dose but is simply way over-utilized here.

While I'm certainly not above gross-out humor and silly hijinks, Pizza Shop: The Movie just doesn't quite deliver.

Written by Richard Propes 
The Independent Critic 

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