Low-budget comedy about the editors of a low-budget comedy is a gem that beats most of Hollywood’s expensive product.
Daniel Schechter’s amusing, often-insightful indie takes a subject that’s been well-covered — the insanity of moviemaking — and offers a nice twist. As its name suggests, “Supporting Characters” is most interested in the overlooked, the people who get pushed aside while others gain the glory.
In this case, it’s Nick (Alex Karpovsky of “Girls”) and Darryl (co-writer Tarik Lowe) working in the shadows. They’re editing a low-budget romantic comedy that was directed by a madman (Kevin Corrigan). While they try to shape his footage into something worthwhile, distractions abound.
First the gorgeous leading lady (Arielle Kebbel) strikes up a flirtation with Nick, who happens to have a fiancée (Sophia Takal). Then Darryl decides he wants to be engaged, despite his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) being totally wrong for him. And when Nick gets another job offer without Darryl, their longtime friendship is threatened.
“Supporting Characters” makes for an endearing bromance, thanks to the easygoing chemistry between Karpovsky and Lowe. But it’s also a pretty funny take-down of an ego-driven industry in which everyone — from stars to supporting characters — has an agenda.
It works on another level, too. Schechter made the whole thing for about $50,000, without any A-list names. And yet it’s sharper and more entertaining than most of the movies to come out this month at 10 times the budget — or well beyond.