Peggy

Peggy Review - OC Movie Reviews - Movie Reviews, Movie News, Documentary Reviews, Short Films, Short Film Reviews, Trailers, Movie Trailers, Interviews, film reviews, film news, hollywood, indie films, documentaries, TV shows
17th March 2019
   

The Perfect Party?

Peggy, Sarah Blackman (“Good Time Max”, “Brockmire (TV)”), is throwing a birthday party for her delightful, and perfect, eight-year-old son.

The party is, of course, perfect. A perfect bouncy council, a perfect bouncy house, a cake that’s made from organic everything and things no-one’s ever heard of but tastes, well, perfect.

The hostess is also perfect. Five kids in but she doesn’t look like she’s even had one. She smiles her gleaming white smile and swishes through the party looking like a Stepford Wife.

As the party-goers arrive with their own children, we hear their inner monologues; “wow, Peggy looks amazing”, “wow, five kids. Look at her”, “oh my god this party is amazing”, and so on and so on.

But we also hear their true feelings; “f*ck you Peggy”, being the most common one, from ‘friends’ of hers to the old lady who could be her mom or stepmom, no-one is really thrilled to be around this ‘perfect’ woman.

As the birthday boy begins to open his presents, this becomes more apparent. The adults have obviously bought the kid things they know Peggy will never let him have. A BB gun, Grand Theft Auto V video game, etc, etc.

But it’s when Peggy’s husband comes out with the final present that the cracks begin to show. He’s bought his son a cute, adorable little puppy dog. Everyone oohs and aahs and the boy is taken immediately.

I won’t spoil the ending as it’s just to funny, but let me say it involves a large bird, a giant dart, a fainting woman and general chaos at this perfect party. Will Peggy keep her cool, or will little miss perfect finally show she’s like the rest of us?

Writer and director Justin O’Neal Miller is better known for working in the art department on movies, having been art director on both Ant-Man and Baby Driver to name but two.

Peggy is a wonderfully produced short film, an elegant array of colours washes your eyes and the camera is kept fluid with long takes that give the short a wonderful feel.

The acting is superb throughout, from the jealous mothers to the stunned husbands, the kids very much taking a back seat here. Peggy is a delight from start to finish and had me laughing out loud as events unfolded.

THE QUICK SELL
Peggy's social graces are put to the test when she throws a birthday party for her eight-year-old son.

DIRECTED BY
Justin O'Neal Miller

WRITTEN BY
Justin O'Neal Miller

Running Time:
12mins

Have your say

UK Box Office

#Title
1

Frozen 2

2

Knives Out

3

Last Christmas

4

Blue Story

5

Charlies Angels

6

Le Mans 66

7

21 Bridges

8

Joker

9

Proceder

10

CBeebies Christmas Show 2019: Hansel & Gretel

 

US Box Office

#Title
1

Frozen II

2

Knives Out

3

Ford v Ferrari

4

Queen & Slim

5

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

6

Dark Waters

7

21 Bridges

8

Playing with Fire

9

Midway

10

Last Christmas

UK Box Office

#FilmWeekend GrossWeeks on Release# of CinemasGross to Date
1

Frozen 2

£8,711,4982674£27,349,269
2

Knives Out

£2,937,3051641£2,937,305
3

Last Christmas

£1,654,6473614£9,952,174
4

Blue Story

£850,4272277£2,905,192
5

Charlies Angels

£547,0041488£547,004
6

Le Mans 66

£492,0973490£5,279,043
7

21 Bridges

£259,8332369£1,268,216
8

Joker

£231,4829333£57,540,761
9

Proceder

£161,9391150£161,939
10

CBeebies Christmas Show 2019: Hansel & Gretel

£137,7381313£137,738

US Box Office

#FilmWeekend GrossWeeks on Release# of CinemasGross to Date
1

Frozen II

£35,165,61434348£338,090,515
2

Knives Out

£14,216,72323461£63,553,214
3

Ford v Ferrari

£6,655,13643746£91,228,489
4

Queen & Slim

£6,642,68521715£27,006,690
5

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

£5,200,50833491£43,120,923
6

Dark Waters

£3,996,27532012£5,181,024
7

21 Bridges

£2,865,05032465£23,917,746
8

Playing with Fire

£2,033,36952253£42,015,694
9

Midway

£1,933,13752100£53,395,608
10

Last Christmas

£1,016,76051262£33,453,935