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Pol Pot's Birthday (2004)

  Directed by: Talmage Cooley
Written by: Talmage Cooley, Anthony Sperduti
Starring: Murphy Tan, Keone Young
Links: Pol Pot's Birthday on the IMDb
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 8.50 (2 ratings) Ranking: Ranked equal 35th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"Pol Pot's having a birthday party and you're not invited!" - a review by andy-j

It's Pol Pot's birthday! His office staff have planned a surprise party for him. There is a problem though - they're all scared to death of him, which makes everyone as nervous and timid as church mice. The birthday party is a very tense and solemn affair. Everyone is trying to force themselves and each other to relax, which provides plenty of laughs.

This really is a very funny and well-made short film. It features some great moments, and some spot-on acting. The quality of the film itself is very poor. I'm undecided as to whether this was intentional. Probably not. But it didn't hamper my enjoyment of this little gem one bit. Well done all.

andy-j gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 9 Aug 2005

"Pol Pot says: "you will laugh at this film"" - a review by pearly

Pol Pot. He's not that great, right? But he still has birthdays, just like the rest of us. This comedy short shows us what it may be like when Mr Pot celebrates his birthday.

Pol Pot's Birthday is quite funny - I got a few laughs out of it. In fact, I thought it was a pretty cool idea, and the only real pity would be that the version that I watched was in very poor condition and the whole thing looked as though it was being watched on a VCR that didn't have its tracking set correctly. Kudos, then, that I enjoyed it despite this fact: the comedic timing was spot on, the acting was wonderful, and Keone Young is a dead ringer for Pot!

If I was going to nit-pick, my only real recommendation would have been that the title should have been changed. That way, the initial few minutes' worth of the film could have had greater impact, as the real purpose of the film could have been left as a surprise, which would have added an extra laugh to the film.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 2 Aug 2005

Movie review statistics

Number of reviews: 2
Average rating: 8.50
Lowest rating: 8 (by pearly)
Highest rating: 9 (by andy-j)
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Reader comments

  1. saw pol pot's birthday at a film festival and the film quality was great, but also saw it on a website and the quality wasn't so good. american cinematographer did a piece on the film last year and was very complimentary of the film, which apparently was made on digital video for under $10,000. my friends and i loved the film's genius satirical comedy and spot-on acting. you don't see many short films that take the kinds of risks in writing and tone that this film does. very unique and inventive. my boyfriend says that pol pot's birthday is his favorite short film of all time.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from emilytm on Mon 03 Apr 2006 10:31 #

  2. Pol Pot's Birthday is hysterical! I saw this film at Sundance and then at a screening at the Egyptian in LA. Way above the level of most short films I've seen in terms of storytelling, casting and execution. I also saw the film on YouTube and the quality was great, though it does have a slightly rough but cool 16mm feel. Keone Young (from Deadwood) is amazing as Pol Pot. My guess is this is the first comedy about Pol Pot made so far. A must see.

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Mandy Double on Fri 31 Dec 2010 07:30 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (2 ratings)

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