A good party can solve all your problems. But when Sam (Kevin MacIsaac) is diagnosed with a terminal illness on his birthday, he decides it’s time to stop merely existing and start living.
Red Nuts works because of how relevant it is to us. We’ve all been faced with our mortality at one point or another. Kevin MacIsaac‘s character serves as the perfect mirror for our insecurities and fears. Jackson Mullane‘s short film blends the tragedy of the situation with the comedy of the mundane to form the perfect melange. It finds the humor in a serious situation, without ever making light of it; something that is rare and must be treasured.
Michelle Nagy puts it best describing the Red Nuts effect as "hitting you over the head with a baseball bat but then offering you some cake". The film tackles a morbid issue with the right amount of humor. The balance makes it the perfect watch for a Saturday afternoon.
It also helps that Kevin MacIsaac brilliantly depicts Sam. Natalie Saleeba is also noteworthy as Tina. However, Taylor Ferguson‘s portrayal of Elfie leaves a lot to be desired. But this is easy to ignore in an otherwise entertaining, if slightly flawed, film. Watch it here, if you haven’t already:
Disclaimer: Red Nuts is only recommended for mature audiences. Watch it at your own discretion.