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Movie Review: Colma: The Musical

Alternate Title: Let's Put on a Show!

Story: Feature debuts can be both promising and fun when they work well. And this team of director Richard Wong and song writer and screenplay writer H.P. Mendoza deliver a quirky, heartfelt, coming of age musical drama.

Colma California has more dead people than living ones (that premise caught my attention very quickly). It is a town filled with cemeteries for folks who used to live in the Bay area. Colma is also the BART stop between Daly City and South San Francisco.

Three recent High School grads ponder their futures during that awkward time between graduation and 'the next step'. Via an original soundtrack, catchy songs, interesting locales and an endearing approach to this stage in life we are thoroughly entertained. There are some engaging touches as these three young people ponder their futures.

I found myself toe tapping and smiling throughout most of this film. Take a summer break and check out this film. The foggy locale will keep you cool.

Acting: Jake Moreno, H.P. Mendoza, L.A. Renigen are the three teens who capture your heart. Sigrid Sutter, Brian Raffi, Gigi Guizado, Larry Soriano, Paul Kolsanoff, David Scott Keller, Allison Torneros, Paula Baldin, Jim Wierzba and Kat Kneisel round out the ensemble cast of newcomers.

Predilection: None

Critters: None

Food: Pizza, booze, fries and burgers.

Soundtrack: H.P. Mendoza was responsible for the music and lyrics. Kudos to him.

Opening Titles: An opening sequence through the many cemeteries immediately puts you into a sense of place.

Theater Audience: Six other happy people.

Weather: Foggy and chilly throughout.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 3

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift too much. Perhaps when the dialog went on a bit long I hankered for another tune.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: I don;t think this film will make it to your local Cineplex any time soon so rental might be the way to go.

Length: 90 minutes