Over Coffee – Short Film Review (2010)


Review by Elizabeth Sellars

The sparkling romantic comedy short OVER COFFEE proves that chivalry is not dead after all.

Who says chivalry doesn’t exist anymore?

In Sean Meehan’s colorful romantic comedy short OVER COFFEE, chivalry comes in the form of warm-hearted Andrew (Erik Potempa) who steps up to impress the woman of his dreams, Carla (Jocelyn DeBoer). He’s been working with her in a Manhattan real estate office from some time, waiting for the perfect opportunity to woo and impress her. Now his time has come.

His mission: Get the boss’ VERY important coffee order.

It may not sound like much of a challenge, but when your boss is the tyrannical Hamilton Rice (Timothy J. Cox) it can be quite a challenge. Carla, who is Rice’s secretary, is swamped with work and doesn’t have the time to get it, so Andrew steps in…it can’t be that difficult a task, but when time is of the essence, challenges always arise.

For Andrew, this seemingly normal task turns into a comic race against time with Andrew putting up quite a fight to accomplish his mission, including a superbly shot chase scene with a woman (Mallory Portnoy) who accidentally steals Rice’s coffee. With Rice on the way to the office, Carla is a bundle of nerves as she awaits Andrew’s return, busily organizing Rice’s phone messages (amusingly by different colored Post-It notes) and ignoring the not-so subtle sexual advances of office mate David (Michael Oberholtzer).

Of course, Andrew retrieves the coffee, returns to the office just in time for the arrival of the blustering Rice and yes, he gets the girl in the end.

Over Coffee is a nicely paced, sweet short that excels because of its charming storyline and the appealing performances of Potempa and DeBoer, who prove to be a winning pair. Also stand out from the cast, in a very funny performance near the end of the film, is Timothy J. Cox as boss from hell Hamilton Rice.

Writer / director Sean Meehan’s film looks good, moves along swiftly and even has a few toe tapping tunes, compliments of some original music by Eric Campo.

The film is available for viewing on both Vimeo and at the films’ official website, which is www.overcoffeemovie.com

Over Coffee from Sean Meehan on Vimeo.