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Movie Review: Skills Like This

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Coming soon to theaters is Skills Like This, a first-time film attempt by director Monty Miranda. The story follows Max Solomon (Spencer Berger), a man who is at odds not only with himself but also the craft of writing. He swears off the hobby altogether after his first play, "The Onion Dance," bombs terribly in a local theater. And what a bomb it is -- the play's less-than-triumphant finale involves a Howard Hughes-like hero peeling back the layers of a banana whilst an astronaut, Swiss maiden, pygmy goat, and scattering of onions fill the background.

The play is so painfully awful that it gives Max's grandfather a heart attack. Distraught, Max sets off to commiserate over greasy fare with his bonehead buddies, Dave and Tommy (Gabriel Tigerman and Brian D. Phelan) only to discover that a meter maid has placed a boot on his car. By the time he meets his friends safely inside of a diner he's seemingly on the verge of a nervous breakdown.