Emilio is a Grade 11 student smitten with Jacklynne, the most popular girl in the school. She, of course, doesn’t even know he exists. He decides to get her attention by running for president of the Student Council, but no sooner does he declare himself as candidate then he discovers that his opponent is Jacklynne herself. Oops. He is now forced to run, but plans, with the help of his friends, to sabotage the results of the election to make sure he loses, but the is fraught with risks, most …otably running afoul of the tyrannical principal and her hall monitor toady.
No gross-out teen comedy this, Casi Casi is a real throwback, but a delightful one at that. The leads are convincingly real and hugely sympathetic. The humour is in many ways rather old-fashioned, but is paradoxically fresh for not having been on the screen for a long time. A very fun debut for both cast and creators.
The 2.0 soundtrack gets the job done. It may not be an audio showcase, but is in perfect keeping with the unassuming, seat-of-the-pants feel of the film. The music is suitable enveloping when it occurs. Surround effects aren’t very noticeable, but the dialogue is clear and undistorted.
The colours are natural and the image is sharp. The picture is quite grainy, however. If the lighting is every any thing other than brilliant, said grain is very noticeable. This does, though, appear to be more a factor of the film’s limited budget than problems with the transfer itself, and doesn’t detract from the charm of the proceedings.
Writers/producers/directors Jaime and Tony Vallés provide and lively commentary that is as engaging (there’s that word again) as the movie itself. The making-of featurette is far less promotional fluff than the usual effort, and has plenty of behind-the-scenes footage.
As a first effort by all involved, this is pretty impressive (and very funny). One looks forward to what they do next.
Special Features List
- Audio Commentary
- Making-of Featurette