Check Please by Geoffrey James

After a relaxing evening out to dinner, two prideful men battle over who gets to pay the check.

After an enjoyable double date dinner, two alpha men battle over who gets to pick up the check, to the chagrin and increasing horror of their dates and the restaurant itself.

Director Geoffrey James has crafted a comedy short whose premise is rooted in an everyday point of friction in modern life: who will pick up the check?

But with a sharp script and on-point performances, the mundane situation escalates to increasingly hilarious extremes, pinpointing the absurdity of the conflict while hitting all the jokes with crack comic timing.

With its compressed story and setting, “Check Please” could easily be a typical web comedy sketch, but the craft displayed elevates the short, making for a richer experience. The camerawork is self-assured and polished, and the storytelling is supported with excellent editing — it’s remarkable, especially considering James was only 16 years old when he made the film.

Funny and sharp, “Check Please” punctuates its set-up with just enough absurdity to make you wonder just how much farther two men can go to prove who’s on top — and who’s left at the end to manage the mess.

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