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The Independent Critic

Matthew J. Arauz
Adam Darin, W. Charles Douglas, Tony Schiavone
Adam Darin, Kara Powell
Running Time
8 Mins.

 "Urn Doctor, M.D." Review 

I agree.

Okay, I think I agree.

I read a statement on IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, that said "Urn Doctor, MD is the best movie about urn doctors ever made. Having never seen any others, I find myself in agreement with this statement.

Unfortunately, having only seen "Urn Doctor, MD," I won't be rushing out to find any other films addressing the subject of urn salvage and those who practice it.

The fact that "Urn Doctor, MD" captured the Audience Award for Favorite Film at Chicago's 48-Hour Film Project" may actually explain all we need to know as the film feels like an improv project in which the participants aren't necessarily gifted in improv. "Urn Doctor, MD" centers around Walter O. Western (Adam Darin), who appears to have a Hancock-like sense of when he's being called into action to serve weeping widows and devastated grieving ones who've accidentally destroyed the urns of their loved ones. Western is called into action when Ashley (Kara Powell) inadvertently knocks an urn containing her husband off a mantle in her home.

The short film that follows feels like a rush job and, having researched the film a bit, apparently IS a rush job. For a film completed in 48 hours, "Urn Doctor, MD" could be deemed a creative and interesting experience, however, for a film that's now on the festival circuit it feels like a short film that needs a reworked script, a few re-shot and recreated scenes and a bit more fleshing out.

Is there something potentially funny about such a scenario? Absolutely, but the best comic set-ups come courtesy of either just the perfect touch of believability or, adversely, a complete dedication to absurdity. While "Urn Doctor, MD" leans towards absurdity, its wholly unsatisfying ending feels cheaply tacked on and not particularly funny despite a performance from Powell that would seem to
indicate that "Urn Doctor, MD" could have gone places the filmmaker didn't quite imagine.