Skills Like This

Synopsis & Film Details


with short film OLD DOGS

In Skills Like This, an inventive comedy that won the Audience Award at the South By Southwest Festival, Max faces the awful truth that he will never be a writer. In a desperate attempt to find his next artistic endeavor, Max turns to crime the day before his 25th birthday. His newfound talent ignites a passion within him and sends his two best friends on their own searches. Tommy, the slacker, is inspired to enter the job market; Dave, aware of the consequences of grand theft, becomes obsessed with writing the perfect apology letter. It may not be the time to fall in love, but when Max meets Lucy, he faces a decision. In the course of three days, three friends have their lives turned upside down when Max realizes that larceny might be his best skill.

Directed by Monty Miranda
USA, 2007, 35mm
88 minutes

Companion Short Film

  • USA, Jonathan Fahn
  • 12 minutes, English
  • Three guys in their seventies (John Saxon, Basil Hoffman, Larry Gelman) reclaim their vitality when mistakenly picking up a bag full of cocaine puts them between the cops and the mob. Phil LaMarr also stars. It’s “Cocoon” meets “Pulp Fiction.”

Part of the 5th Fresno Film Festival (2009).