THURSDAY'S SPEAKER has a decent idea for a movie that is unfortu-nately brought to tired life by its writer/director/ editor, Gary Hebert -- who has bitten off a good deal more than he can chew and consequently delivers a non-starter that wastes the talents of some good actors. That the film won a few awards on the third-tier film-festival circuit only brings home the fact that too many movies are being made these days, and are then shown at some unnecessary festivals.
Del Zamora, above), whom we first see addressing, and quite well, an AA Meeting. He's clearly a very good speaker. In the next scene, we see him take a drink or two and quickly realize what a scam artist he is.
Ashley Ledbetter, above) who looks up Rodrigo's name in the phone book and reconnects with the guy. She has just relocated, with a high-school age son in tow, and she's applying for a job as pole-dancer in a strip club. The connection between April and Rodrigo is eventually established, but it oughtn't to come as too big a shock (it certainly doesn't to her son, Sam, played nicely by Andrew Shea, below).
here for more information. If the film ever becomes available for rental, or on a streaming outlet, and I learn of this, I'll update my post.