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[FOUR NIGHTS ONLY] You’re familiar with the old adage “nothing in life is free.” Jay Gammill’s comedy Free Samples takes those words to heart. Possibly the most unpleasant human being in the world—or at least in Los Angeles—Jillian (Jess Weixler) is a hungover law-school dropout with daddy issues and a fiance she doesn’t talk to. So naturally, she’s the one handing out free samples of Mike’s Dream Ice Cream to the various passersby in an empty parking lot. Jillian is subbing for her one and only friend (Halley Feiffer), and with the free tastes of chocolate and vanilla she serves up a side of bitterness and sass. You kind of expect the lactose-intolerant guy who comes to the truck asking for soy ice cream to feel her wrath—but her dopey rocker-friend Wally (Jason Ritter), or the neighbor who asks that the truck's music be turned down? Not so much. The highlight of the film comes in scenes between Weixler (who dryly deadpans her way through, adding just a bit of charm to Jillian’s unpleasantness) and Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Tex, the guy Jillian doesn’t remember meeting at the bar the previous night. But given that these exchanges account for maybe five of the film’s 80 minutes, they’re just a few sweet sprinkles on top of a very bitter sundae.

Special Note

Clinton Street Theater. 9 pm Monday-Thursday, July 1-4
  • Genres: Comedy drama
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: D+
  • Starring: Jess Weixler [Jillian], Halley Feiffer [Nancy], Jesse Eisenberg [Tex], Jason Ritter [Wally], Tippi Hedren [Betty], Keir O'Donnell [Danny], Jocelin Donahue [Paula], Whitney Able [Dana], Eben Kostbar [Matthew], Jordan Davis [Peter], James Duval [Antonio], Matt Walsh [Mr. Hightower], Craig Gellis [Steel]
  • Directed by: Jay Gammill [Director], Jim Beggarly [Screenwriter], Jim Beggarly [Producer], Jay Gammill [Producer], Cory Knauf [Producer], Eben Kostbar [Producer], Mark Gould [Executive Producer], Kevin Iwashina [Executive Producer], Eric Kramer [Executive Producer], John Madden [Executive Producer], Eric Elbogen [Original Music], Reed Morano [Cinematographer], Jay Gammill [Film Editor], Franklin Peterson [Film Editor], Joe Lorenzo [Casting], Jeffrey Givens [Production Design], Julie Ziah [Art Director], Alisha Silverstein [Costume Designer]
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