'Price Check' Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
Director: Michael Walker (‘Chasing Sleep’)
Starring: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius (TV’s ‘Ugly Betty,’ ‘Resident Evil’) and Annie Parisse (‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,’ ‘National Treasure’)
People often strive to find the right balance between having a successful, meaning career that makes them happy and being able to provide for, and spend time with, their families. This is certainly the case with thirty-something Pete Cozy, who is still aspiring to make it in the music business, while working for a supermarket chain so that he can provide for his family, in the new comedy-drama ‘Price Check.’ When his new boss challenges his beliefs and views, Pete comes to realize that the life he truly wants may just be the one he has now.
‘Price Check’ follows Pete (played by Eric Mabius), who has found himself a house in the suburbs of New York and a job in the pricing department of a middling supermarket chain. Pete’s job allows him to spend quality time with his wife, Sara (portrayed by Annie Parisse) and young son, Henry (played by Finn Donoghue) and they appear happy, despite the fact they’re drowning in debt.
Everything changes for Pete when he gets a new boss, the beautiful, high-powered Susan Felders (portrayed by Parker Posey). With Susan’s influence, Pete finds himself on the executive track, which surprises and excites him. While his salary increases, he also has to spend more time with Susan at work, however. His personal relationship with his new boss subsequently crosses the line of professional etiquette. Their growing relationship creates tension in the store and his personal home life.
Filmmaker Michael Walker, who penned, helmed and released the independent comedy-drama 12 years after making his feature film writing and directorial debut with the horror mystery thriller ‘Chasing Sleep,’ showed his versatility as a storyteller with ‘Price Check.’ Even with an 18-day shoot on a limited budget, the film effortlessly shows Pete realistically struggling with his need to provide for his family and his desire to return to working in the music business. Like many people, Pete still holds onto his longing to find success and acceptance in his chosen profession, specifically starting and running a record company. But with Sara’s constant reminding that he has to take care of their family, Pete accepts Susan’s offer of taking on more responsibilities, subconsciously knowing that this can be the way he can provide a good life for Henry.
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