EXPECT DELAYS

By Dan STEADMAN

TED TRENT STUDIOS LLC - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2014

Alec Harney goes home for Christmas ready to confront various issues he has with his small-town family members. But it turns out, Alec's overblown ego and condescending attitude is the real problem threatening "the most wonderful time of the year."

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Dan STEADMAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Dan STEADMAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Ted TRENT (TED TRENT STUDIOS LLC)
    • Synopsis
    • Holiday films tend to be polarizing. Many often focus on the magical side of the holidays, emphasizing Santa's lesser-known talent as matchmaker or suggesting that all anyone needs to defeat a villain is a bit of gumption, a sprig of mistletoe, and lots of Christmas cheer. Then there are those holiday films that are so desperate to separate themselves from their übercheerful counterparts that they serve only as reminders that life generally sucks, even in December. Expect Delays eschews the extremes of typical holiday fare and the result is a film with real emotion and depth without feeling gimmicky or depressing.

      The film centers itself around a late-December family gathering. An early introduction to the major characters shows how diverse the family is, and it becomes very clear that each family member will bring a unique personality to the Christmas table. The setting is intimate, focusing mostly on the home of Barb (Andra Harkins) and Donald (Wayne Ault). What works so well about Expect Delays is that though each character stands out, they all manage to do so in an organic way. Audiences are sure to find a character they can relate to. Family flaws are not used to disparage one another, even if the characters don't always see eye to eye.
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