Mark Daniel Cade
Mark Daniel Cade
At one point or another in life, most of us go looking for that special someone. Many of us now days, meet our potential better halves through work or friends - but some of us go the old school route. Dating. And because we're no longer teenagers, dating is a very daunting task. Among the many no-nos when looking for a partner, is coming across as controlling or too submissive. Maybe coming across as opinionated isn't a great idea either. Or chauvinistic, or rude, or too nice, or unmotivated or... well reader, sorry to say that pretty much anything can work against you. And it will. That need to be accepted can sometimes, most times, make you overthink things or do things you wouldn't normally do. Dating is hard, as our leading man Jim is finding out the hard way. Getting the dates doesn't seem to be the problem here. Getting that second, right date is another story.
Right from the start, I knew I was going to enjoy this short film. Right around the time that Jim's date asks what he recommended for dinner. What a trap, even if you are already dating; what do you want to eat has/is always the quick road to an argument, so pulling that card out during a first date scenario was awesome. From that point onward, Jim keeps pushing himself forward while getting advice from his friend, on womanly expectations. Being extra nice isn't always the way to go seems to be the way of things, followed by just being yourself. Good advice right? Things continue and Jim meets some interesting (cough cough) woman along the way, all with a lighthearted comedic feeling that permeates this short film until the end. When it's all said and done? Well reader, you'll have to watch yourself to find out how it all ends.
"Nice Guy" looks and sounds great. It's a slick film featuring an excellent cast and a great message. Just be yourself. A message we hear over and over, but still let ourselves get caught up in all the little things. Mark Daniel Cade helms a production that not only doesn't take itself too seriously, it also doesn't expect you to either. It's about having some fun and maybe having a few laughs at the ridiculousness that is dating, and the strange things we do when partaking in this act.
At the end of the day? "Nice Guy" was a great diversion for me. A film that kept sending out that knowing wink and nod; and constantly reminds it's viewer that most times, just being you is the way to go. A well rounded short film and one I have no problem recommending. Four out of five stars, well done.