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Queen for a Day (2000)

| Short, Comedy
Ricky the fitness instructor can make women very happy. He can also make himself very happy.




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Credited cast:
Ria Pavia ...
Joe Jarvis ...
Juice Bar Tender
Swishy Man
Bill The Single Guy ...
Double Take Guy
Hot Babe in Yellow
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William Klug ...
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Ricky, a creepy fitness instructor, has a perfect life, so he thinks. He can touch women whenever he wants and they even like it. It is not for nothing that he has a very, very close working style. While the women think they are actually doing those marvelous exercises that are supposed to be good for your body, their body is being used by Ricky to engage in all kinds of sexual positions. Ricky could do this all day, but he hasn't thought about one thing. Written by Arnoud Tiele (zelva@tiele.nl)

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short film with a humorous idea that fizzles out
13 April 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Queen for a day is a 3 minute short, (40 seconds of credits at end, tt 3:40) about a guy at a gym that is a personal trainer to beautiful women. I must first say if this is writer/director Greg Coolidge first project, I am impressed. Production wise it is very slick and professional looking. I caught it on the Atom Films website. The acting is good, the camera, sound and lighting is excellent, everything works, except the execution of the idea. It is hard to say this is actually a spoiler for two reasons: 1) it is easy to see the premise of the joke from the very beginning, so the reveal is not news and 2) the joke really has an anti-punch line, which is why the short doesn't work.


It starts off with a funny, albeit juvenile premise; a gay guy is a trainer to beautiful women. This puts the women at ease and allows him to do all sorts of gratuitous fondling of them. It is soon revealed that, of course, he is not gay, but is working a scam. This is where the film falls apart. It ends with all the people around him actually being gay, which, aside from being implausible, is a sort of anti-punch line that leaves you with a "so what?" feeling. There is a rule in comedy which says "do not block", in other words, go with the idea, do not stop it. I suppose some gays may find the ending cute, but it certainly is not funny. It is a pity because the set-up was pretty strong. A little more work on the script and perhaps they could have come up with something worth watching. As it stands it is a pointless short with some humorous moments.

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