Comedies with heart are a weakness of mine. For instance, “World’s Greatest Dad,” while extremely crude and unusual, is impossibly sweet and heartfelt, as is Hal Haberman and Jeremy Passmore’s grossly underrated 2006 superhero flick “Special.” This may explain why I’m drawn to Chris Bowman’s upcoming feature-length debut “Humble Pie” (aka “American Fork”), which is written by “Sasquatch Gang” co-star Hubbel Palmer. What’s more, it’s produced by Jeremy Coon, one of the cinematic wizards behind the creation of “Napoleon Dynamite,” a film that I could literally watch over and over again, nonstop, until the end of time. I kid you not.
One of the more interesting aspects of the film is the presence of William Baldwin, who seems to be doing his best Alec Baldwin impersonation. It’s amusing if nothing else.
The official synopsis lies below:
At nearly 400 pounds, Tracy Orbison (Hubbel Palmer) is a wide target. When he sets out to pursue his dream of acting, the grocery clerk finds an assortment of people waiting to dash his dreams: his acting coach (William Baldwin), who has designs on his sister Peggy (24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub); his juvenile-delinquent friends, who suck him into their petty crimes; and his God-fearing, self-loathing mother (Academy Award nominee Kathleen Quinlan). Through it all, Tracy remains irrepressibly upbeat, convinced he’s destined for something big.
“Humble Pie” is scheduled to receive the DVD treatment on December 8th.