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Plot: An engaged Hollywood agent receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter and becomes ensnared in a sinister world of lying, infidelity, and digital data.
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Next time, dare !
A social satire about our modern society that produces unsatisfied people by always selling them the next best thing, by convincing everyone they need and deserve more, making those who have everything not even realizing it, leading them to poor choices and often madness.
The main character has a beautiful and devoted fiancee, health and he makes a decent living. But by always searching for more, he starts to loose all of the above, plus himself and his dignity. His sinking is about half-way through when he first appears, which makes you wonder what’s wrong with him and allows the movie to be grasping.
Jim Cummings is obviously a big Jim Carrey fan, too obviously in my opinion. It really felt like he was imitating his vision of what would have been Carrey’s performance instead of really making it his own, which is actually not that bad but can be frustrating at times. Like his character, he seems to be searching for himself (as an actor) ; maybe there’s a subtle message there related to the plot…
The story is too restrained in my opinion, it lacks daring, but still is quite clever and enjoyable.
Overall, even though this movie has its flaws, it’s really worth watching.
The Beta Test, mansplained for those bewildered
“The Beta Test” is an indie film starring Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe who also wrote and directed and let me tell you that this is the FIRST Covid-era indie with writers/actors/directors that has NOT been a waste – this was actually good. There are A, B, and C stories in this film and people are getting confused which is which, even mainstream critics. So without getting too long here, I’ll ‘splain the A story which is causing the most confusion. The film derives its name from a computer program called the_beta_test.py (written in Python) written by a hacker aliased as Johnny Paypal. He got thousands of names of film industry players via the Sony hack of 2014 and uses them as input to the program which pairs people for “secret admirer” one-time sexual encounters. He makes money, $5000/person, by selling them the name of the other. Sometimes these lead to adulterous encounters which often ends with murder in this film. Johnny’s beta test, which is the state of a program before goes into production status, involved about 100 pairings which netted him about $1M but as he was being attacked by Jordan he launched it into “alpha”/production mode which pairs 1000 times more which he expects to net him $1B in the next few days, wow, some business plan. So here’s the real spoiler since no one else seems to know or understand. Jordan’s fiancee Caroline was the woman he was paired with! That’s why she forgave him after his meltdown/implosion in the garage, and she’s apparently pregnant (closing scene in the diner) so there’s that to keep her with him. And they’re on the run since he committed quite a few felonies. All the other story threads are subordinate to this primary one. BTW, some have compared Jim Cummings to Jim Carrey but I think he’s more like Ty Burrell playing a psycopathic Phil Dumphy! Also, this has been compared to “Eyes Wide Shut” and there are thematic elements they share including the haunting music, but I’d also point out its similarity to 2008’s “Deception” which was really good, too. Now that you know all this, it may warrant a re-watch if you were lost the first time through, enjoy!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 33 min (93 min)
Genre Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Director Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe
Writer Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe
Actors Jim Cummings, Virginia Newcomb, PJ McCabe
Country United States, United Kingdom
Awards 4 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa, Panavision Primo Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
Printed Film Format N/A