Call him a nitpicker if you must, but TrustMovies has long felt there was a difference be-
tween deadpan and dead, between the subtle and the comatose. Further, he admits that comedy -- perhaps more than most genres -- is hugely dependent upon individual taste. Which brings him to THE STRIP, a new, sort-of-comedy that has greatly enter-
tained a colleague of his (who's quoted in the film's ad) but that left TM, like Queen Victoria, not amused.
OK: I did chuckle a few times during the 90-minute slough, and believe me, I treasured those moments. Otherwise, this tale of three employees, their manager and the owner's son, all of whom labor at an off-brand, off-kilter, off-the-beaten-track electronics store located in a strip mall (hence the title: what -- you thought you were in for some T & A, or a movie about a certain area of Sunset Boulevard?) is a drab and fitful affair.
The press material assures us that this is character-driven comedy, and indeed all five of our fellows can be easily differentiated. But characters must be somewhat interesting to engage you. These guys have their character trait (maybe two) -- and that's it. They, and their movie, dawdle along, with quite typical troubles involving work, love and family (in particular, father). Lame is an adjective that comes quickly to mind.
Surely the DVD will be here soon.