Bobby "Broady" Best
Dating, in general, is a tough, often icky situation, but first dates take the cake. First dates are "kings" of their particular hill when it comes to sheer awkwardness, and this three-minute comedy demonstrates that near perfectly. Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind when recalling "Ice Breakers" is one word. Cute. There's nothing ground-breaking or different going on, but don't think that is a bad thing for a second - what "Ice Breakers" lacks in original "oomph" is made up for by two other important factors. Charm and familiarity.
That's right, reader, familiarity. The shoulder that many great stories have been built. Once you can relate to a story or its characters, it is instantly elevated - even to the level of comfort food. Without question, the "first date" scenario is something most of us immediately recognize and can, for the most part, see and feel the potential for comedy. Mix three parts of awkwardness, some uncertainty, and a dash of sexual tension, and you have an excellent recipe for a few chuckles. My one complaint about this particular short film? It was too short! Aside from that? I easily, and a little uncomfortably smiled throughout this quick flick. A job well done.
It's hard to get into many details about a production when it is under four minutes. Without question, "Ice Breakers" is an indie flick - but it's indie done right. Most importantly, the audio is clear, the story is easy to follow, and the writing works well—especially the dialog in this case. Well, perhaps that's not quite right - because the dialog can come across as a little forced at times, but that's the point. "Ice Breakers" works "because" of the awkwardness of the conversation. Part of the charm of this film is the awkward conversation - both from a first date perspective and, in this case, the content itself. You'll understand what I mean when you see this film but the short and sweet of it? "Ice Breakers" looks, sounds, and plays itself nicely - what more can be said?
It's short, awkward, and paints the perfect picture of uncertainty when meeting/dating for the first time. "Ice Breakers" sets out to entertain in a very familiar way and succeeds. This isn't a film that will change the face of dating or provide some profound, lasting message... but who cares! This was a fun few minutes, and "Ice Breakers" is one of those "easy to recommend" titles. Three and a half stars.