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Walking on the Sky
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by Elaine Perrone

"Walking on familiar ground."
3 stars

Watching Walking on the Sky, a study of six 30-somethings who convene, after the suicide of a mutual friend, for 24 hours of retrospection, self-laceration, and the excavation of long-buried hostilities, I couldn’t help but wonder if the world really needed another Big Chill.

Then again, watching The Big Chill, which provoked in me every expletive known to man, I couldn’t help but marvel at the temerity of Lawrence Kasdan for his egregious rip-off of John Sayles’ groundbreaking Return of the Secaucus 7. Even now I maintain that Kasdan should kiss Sayles’ ass every morning of his life for that affront.

But I digress.

While breaking no new ground in screenwriting, Walking on the Sky is a polished directorial debut by Carl T. Evans, who also co-stars as Dylan, an emotionally bereft man with a long held secret, the group’s black sheep making his tentative way back to the fold.

The film’s most engrossing, and entertaining, scenes are those involving Liz and Jim (Nicole Fonarow, Chris Henry Coffey), a fractious couple at a marital crossroads. She is an upwardly-mobile businesswoman on the fast track, ever mindful of appearances, protocol, and status; he is a perennial Peter Pan whose main concern is protecting his balls from his wife – the only one in the group who seems to not realize that she is already wearing them – until he blurts out an admission about his priorities that leaves her shattered.

Likewise, Susan Misner is impressive as Sara, Liz’s best friend and the former fiancée of Josh (Michael Knowles), the first one to get word of his death by virtue of still being his “call in case of emergency person.”

The one far less credible member of the group is the too-perky Jo (Kristen Marie Holly), a rather naïve and ultra-needy not-for-profit veterinarian, who seems more a hanger-on than someone the others would embrace as a friend. The other two women barely tolerate her, and the men treat her like a little sister, making the movie’s denouement that involves her all the less convincing.

Rounding out the cast, Randall Batinkoff is fine as Nicky, a Triple A baseball player whose one shot at the Majors – and a perfect no-hitter – was sabotaged by a perfidious arm.

Far from great, a commendable freshman directorial outing by Evans and a fine ensemble cast – particularly Fonarow, Coffey, and Misner, who I’d like to see more of – make Walking on the Sky a pleasant enough diversion for 98 minutes.

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originally posted: 08/25/05 15:43:35
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9/18/05 Carrie Amateur... my friends who're still in film school have better works than this 2 stars
8/26/05 Gloria Morrison This is a film worth viewing - 5 stars
8/26/05 Ron Lesser an engrossing relationship drama. I enjoyed the performance of Carl T Evans as Dylan 4 stars
8/16/05 Marguerite amazing story, directing and acting!! A must see 5 stars
8/07/05 hank duchon decent film, great acting 4 stars
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