Review: Undatement Centre

From the writer and director of The Deja Vuers (reviewed here), Chris Esper comes Undatement Centre; when Jack (Trevor Duke) decides he is ready to date again, he discovers things are a bit more complicated than they used to be. Starring: Trevor Duke, J.D. Achille, Randy Veraguas, Shandy Monte, Acei Martin, Christie Devine and Logan Raposo.

We all know, or have experienced, the perils of modern dating, with the good old days of meeting people are gone and are replaced with endless apps designed to match up strangers for a night and social media to facilitate privacy breaking research. Undatement Centre is a very clear, if slightly obvious, metaphor for that struggle, emphasising the ridiculously complicated nature of relationships and socialising in this modern age. The metaphor itself however, is a pleasingly exaggerated version of that problem; the concept of speed dating meets job centre, requiring CVs (Resumes for the American reader) and backgrounds to find a suitable match, is simple and fun.

As the story develops and the tables turn as Jack (Duke) finds himself on the opposite end of the interview/date, it makes a great point of how fickle we can be, given the slightest power we act exactly in the way we’ve just complained about, renewing the cycle of bad dating. You just need someone to break the cycle, someone who is interested in getting to know you, will Jack find that? You have to watch and see.

In the era of the internet and it’s undeniable grasp on all of us, we can escape the simplicity and vulnerability of putting yourself out there and meeting someone in the real world, but in reality it simply develops a self-created isolation and going back to the old-fashioned way of things can open us up and help to meet someone worth your time.

Undatement Centre is a perfect visual representation of that, Esper has again done a great job of creating a fun, entertaining film, that you can simply enjoy. There’s no attempt to be pretentious, over-the-top or excessively dramatic, it’s just genuine entertainment. A satisfying follow up to The Deja Vuers, a show of creativity, comedy and courting. 

Verdict: 8/10

You can follow Chris Esper & his production company Stories in Motion on Twitter right here to find out more about Undatement Centre and other projects!


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  1. […] Written and Directed by Chris Esper, this short film is a silent drama tackling the inner struggles of suffering from anxiety. Starring: Tom Mariano, Brendan Meehan, Sheetal Kelkar, Jamie Braddy, William DeCoff, Adam Masnyk. Esper also directed The Deja Vuers and Undatement Centre. […]


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